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Ronaldo's potential Serie A debut for Juventus revealed as Serie A fixtures are announced

3:00 AM MYT 27/07/2018
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Chievo away could be the first Serie A match with Juventus for the former Real Madrid star

Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A debut for Juventus could come away at Chievo, after the release of the league's fixtures were confirmed on Thursday.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner shocked the football world by announcing his departure from Real Madrid after nine trophy-laden years in the Spanish capital, saying he wanted to start "a new chapter" by joining Juventus.

Juventus agreed to pay €100 million to bring Ronaldo to Turin on a four-year contract, with a further €12million paid to cover "additional costs".

The Bianconeri will hope Ronaldo can inspire them to an eighth successive Serie A title by emulating his goal-scoring exploits at Madrid, where he found the net 450 times to become the club's all-time top scorer.

Juventus beat Chievo home and away in 2017-18, winning 3-0 in Turin and 2-0 in Verona, and Ronaldo will be keen to spearhead Massimiliano Allegri's strike force.

Gonzalo Higuain was on target in Juventus' last visit to Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, but Ronaldo's arrival could force the Argentine striker out of Allegri's side and he has been linked with a move away from the club.

Should Allegri continue to employ his favoured approach of three attackers, Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa may play either side of Ronaldo, leaving little room for Higuain despite his return of 16 league goals last season.

Elsewhere, AC Milan risk losing defender Leonardo Bonucci back to Juve and Gennaro Gattuso's side have been handed a tricky test in the opening month of the campaign.

The Rossoneri open the 2018-19 season at home to Genoa but then travel to last season's runners-up Napoli before welcoming Champions League semi-finalists Roma to San Siro.

Milan derbies have been set for the weekends starting October 21 and March 17, while Serie A matches between city rivals Roma and Lazio will be played in September and March.

Napoli, under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, kick off their season at Lazio before hosting Milan at the Stadio San Paolo. The Partenopei head to Juventus on matchday seven, with the return leg set for March 3.

Parma's Serie A return begins with a home match against Udinese and they wrap up the season against Roma.


KEY SERIE A FIXTURES 2018


Fixture Date
Lazio v Napoli 19/08/2018
Napoli v AC Milan 26/08/2018
Juventus v Lazio 26/08/2018
AC Milan v Roma 02/09/2018
Juventus v Napoli 30/09/2018
Roma v Lazio 30/09/2018
Inter v AC Milan 21/10/2018
Lazio v Inter 28/10/2018
Napoli v Roma 28/10/2018
AC Milan v Juventus 11/11/2018
Lazio v AC Milan 25/11/2018
Roma v Inter 02/12/2018
Juventus v Inter 09/12/2018
Juventus v Roma 22/12/2018
Inter v Napoli 26/12/2018