VERONA, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo had to rely on his teammates to make a winning start to his Juventus career.
For the thousands of fans who descended on the medieval city of Verona, this was one of the rare occasions when the five-time world player of the year couldn’t score.
“Cristiano Ronaldo had a good game. He had several shots on goal. Today he didn’t score because clearly it was written somewhere that he wouldn’t score,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri with a smile.
Ronaldo had scored in both pre-season friendlies he played for Juventus since his surprise 112 million euro (then $131.5 million) move from Real Madrid but could not find the back of the net on his competitive debut.
And it was up to Federico Bernardeschi to rescue Juventus, with a stoppage-time winner as the Bianconeri…