Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut abandoned after fans invade pitch



Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut was forced to be cut short after supporters stormed the pitch to mob him and his team-mates during their final pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Thousands of Juventus fans arrived for the friendly against their U19 side in anticipation of watching Ronaldo make his first appearance and got what they came to see.

Ronaldo started the match and marked the occasion with a goal before an own goal and a quick fire brace from Paulo Dybala gave Juventus a commandable lead heading into the break.

The party atmosphere in rural Piedmont threatened to get out of hand as a fan seized on the opportunity to meet Ronaldo by running on the pitch to take a picture with him during the game.

The fan was swiftly dealt with by stewards and was escorted off the pitch. Shortly after the match resumed, Claudio Marchisio scored a fifth by finishing off a well-worked team move.

But minutes later a huge swarm of fans invaded the pitch and the game was subsequently abandoned.

There is a pitch invasion during this fixture every year, but it usually takes place at the end of the match.

But with the extra excitement of being within touching distance of Ronaldo, the supporters couldn’t wait and the match was called off 20 minutes before the full 90.

The friendly, which takes place annually, represented Juventus’ final test before they kick-off their Serie A title defence against Chievo next Saturday.