It was always going to be dramatic. With him, how can it be anything else? Say what you will but Cristiano Ronaldo’s propensity to be involved in box office moments is undiminished.
There was no goal to mark his debut in Serie A but the £105million man will not forget the frantic final 10 minutes of a stifling night in Verona in a hurry. The climax to his first night on duty for Juventus had more plot twists than your average thriller. He, of course, was involved in most.
The basic fact is Juventus came from behind to win 3-2, with substitute Federico Bernadeschi scoring in the 92nd minute. A black-and-white army had travelled from Turin for the occasion and the noise that accompanied the goal made it feel as if this was a home game. But to get to that point, Juventus needed to lay siege to Chievo. In their desperation to get the decisive goal, there was a 89th minute collision between him and Stefano Sorrentino that led to the Chievo goalkeeper being attended to by paramedics.
With the pair on the ground, Mario Mandzukic attempted to bundle the ball in. He celebrated; the match officials waved play-on. Goal-line technology buzzed to say the Croat had scored but then VAR intervened immediately to flag up that the ball had hit Ronaldo’s arm as he careered into Sorrentino.