The former Real Madrid star is not going to find it easy at his new home, says the Brazilian legend
Cristiano Ronaldo will ‘suffer a little’ in his first Serie A campaign after making the big-money transfer to Juventus from Real Madrid, according to legendary Brazilian defender Cafu.
The Portuguese superstar failed to find the net in the Bianconeri’s opening three league matches before securing a double against Sassuolo on September 16 to get off the mark.
Ronaldo has caught fire since his debut Juve goal, scoring three goals and setting up four in his last three league games – including a hat-trick of assists in the 3-1 win over Napoli on Saturday.
Cafu, who played 11 years in the Serie A with giants Roma and AC Milan, believes Ronaldo will find Italy difficult because of the league’s strength compared to Spain’s La Liga.
“He will suffer a little in the Serie A because Serie A is a lot more difficult than La Liga in terms of the contrast in teams and in terms of the physical contact,” Cafu told ESPN .
“But Ronaldo is always Cristiano Ronaldo. [He is the] best player in the world and will give a little more star power to Serie A.”
The 33-year-old striker will be suspended from Juventus’ Champions League match against Young Boys on Tuesday after receiving a one-game ban for pulling on the hair of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.
Ronaldo will however be available for an emotional return to former club Manchester United when Juventus travel to Old Trafford in Europe’s premier club competition on October 24.