SERIE A

The Cristiano effect as Serie A ticket prices rise by 30%

Un aficionado de la Juventus sujeta un cartel con la cara de Cristiano Ronaldo.

It's now 100 days since the confirmation that Cristiano Ronaldo would play for Juventus with fans of the side now planning protests about high ticket prices.

Shock waves were sent through the global football eco-system on July 10th when it was confirmed that Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo had signed for Italian giants Juventus. The media circus began in earnest with his unveiling with every detail of his life being scrutinised in both Italian sports and general interest media. A poor personal start for the player saw him failing to find the target in his first three Serie A games despite having more shots than any other player in Europe at the time (61 shots). The goals finally arrived and the Madeira born player has been instrumental in Juventus' fine start to the season as they remain unbeaten in ten games and sit at the summit of the Serie A table.

Issues

Cristiano's time in Turin has also had its share of polemic. He missed out on the FIFA prize giving  with the FIFA "The Best" award going to Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric with the player not attending the award ceremony in London. The striker was also giving his marching orders in his first Champions League match for Juve against Valencia and the case over the Kathryn Mayorga rape allegation has been reopened. His presence in the Italian game has also seen another wave of detractors coming in the guise of the local "tifosi".

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gives a thumbs up as he walks around the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on September 18, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match between Valencia CF and Juventus.

Hikes

For every Juventus away game this season, the home side takes advantage of the Portuguese player's presence by hiking up the match day tickets. The season opener against Chievo saw the Veronese club increase their average ticket by 50%. Travelling Juve fans are also disgruntled with Udinese increasing prices and now Empoli are planning on charging supporters 60-75 euro for tickets for the visit of Juventus.

Things have changed too at the Allianz Stadium with the "Old Lady" hitching up season ticket prices by 30% which has led to various "silent protests" by members of the hardcore Curva Sud supporters who fear that Italian clubs are becoming greedy and pricing "normal" fans out of the game..

Serie A

Table PTS W D L
1Juventus 24 8 0 0
2Nápoles 18 6 0 2
3Inter 16 5 1 2
Full standing
Next matches
Juventus - Genoa S-20/10 18:00
Empoli - Juventus S-27/10 18:00
Juventus - Cagliari S-03/11 20:30
Fixtures

*Update 19 de octubre de 2018

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