In an unusual incident, Juventus was forced to cut short their final pre-season friendly against the team’s “B” side on Sunday after fans stormed the ground to mob Cristiano Ronaldo, club’s new signing.
The 33-year-old had last month stunned his Madrid fans when he joined Juventus for an Italian league record sum of 112 million euros (now $128 million).
Thousands of Juventus fans arrived for the friendly against their U19 side in anticipation of watching Ronaldo make his first appearance and the star striker made his fans wait only eight minutes before scoring his first goal for the club. Thereafter, Juventus took a commanding lead at the break courtesy an own goal and a quick-fire brace from Paulo Dybala.
However, situation threatened to go out of hand after a Juventus fan gathering to watch Ronaldo at Villar Perosa in a rural area of Piedmont in northern Italy seized on the opportunity to meet the five-time Ballon d’Or winner by running on the pitch to take a picture with him during the game.
The Stewards, however, reacted quickly and escorted the fan off the pitch. Then after a short pause, the match resumed and Claudio Marchisio scored the fifth goal for Juventus A. However minutes later a huge swarm of fans invaded the pitch and the game was subsequently abandoned, with about 20 minutes more to play before the stoppage time, reports the Dailymail.
The match is a traditional curtain-raiser in Turin and gives potential first teamers the chance to test themselves against Juve’s young hopefuls.
Ronaldo will, in all likelihood, make his proper debut in Juventus’ first league match of the season at Chievo Verona next Saturday.