The viewership statistics surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive Juventus debut versus Chievo Verona at the weekend have surfaced online today.
Chievo 2-3 Juventus
Juve travelled to the Stadio Bentegodi on Saturday evening for the opening fixture of this season’s Serie A calendar, hoping to get their latest title defence off to the perfect start.
And the Bianconeri’s new campaign could not have gotten off to a much better start, with Sami Khedira having given the Turin giants the lead with just 3 minutes on the clock.
However, despite dominating both in terms of possession and chances created over the course of the opening 45 minutes, Juve were pegged back shortly before half-time, when Mariusz Stepinski got on the end of a superb Emannuele Giaccherini ball to pull the hosts level.
And, incredibly, Chievo then went on to turn the game on its head 10 minutes after the interval, when former Juve man Giaccherini converted from the penalty-spot.
But, in typical Juve fashion, the Old Lady soon came roaring back, with the constant pressure of the champions having first seen Mattia Bani put through his own net with 15 minutes to go, before Federico Bernardeschi bagged an injury-time winner to hand Max Allegri’s men all 3 points.
The Ronaldo effect
While the main talking point in the aftermath of the clash unsurprisingly surrounded Bernardeschi’s 93rd-minute winner, the build-up to Juve’s season opener saw Cristiano Ronaldo grab the majority of the headlines.
The Portuguese superstar, who made the move to Turin from European champions Real Madrid this summer, lined out for his new side for the first time on Saturday evening, and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed around Italy.
As per statistics revealed by La Gazzetta Dello Sport this afternoon, Ronaldo’s first competitive appearance as a Bianconero attracted the 4th-highest audience in Sky Italia’s history, at just over 2.3 million viewers.
As per Football-Italia:
‘That’s a 68 per cent increase in viewers on Juve’s first match of last season, when they faced Cagliari at home.’
‘It’s also the fourth-highest total since the Italian branch of Sky launched, surpassed only by the Derby d’Italia in 2013 and 2016, and Roma-Juventus in August 2015.’
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