Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut: what the data said

Although the Real Madrid legend did not provide a headline-making goal or assist during the game against Chievo, what do the numbers say about his performance?

Not without suffering, Juventus started their campaign to win an eighth consecutive Serie A title with a hard-earned 2-3 win over Chievo. The big news going into the game was the much-anticipated competitive debut of Cristiano Ronaldo following his spectacular summer move from Real Madrid, and we have a look back over his game.

No debut goal for Cristiano

There was to be no dream debut goal for the man who couldn't stop finding the net during his almost-decade-long reign in the Spanish capital. He was also unable to provide an assist for his teammates as Khedira, Bonucci and Bernardeschi made the difference.

The Portugal star played the first half pretty much as a centre forward, but the introduction of Mandzukic just after the hour meant he moved out to the wing, where he was able to participate influence the game more. As the heat map below shows, he gained possession of the ball much more on the left flank.

Heat map for Cristiano Ronaldo vs Chievo.

Across the more than 90 minutes played, Cristiano had 57 touches, of which 8 were shots at goal. Only four of those found the target.

Data for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Far from oustanding - and with one very clear moment of frustration towards a teammate - Ronaldo will likely be given time to get up to speed for his new club. And, if they were watching last season's LaLiga, they'll know it could take a little time.


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