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.
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But minutes later a huge swarm of fans invaded the pitch and the game was subsequently abandoned.
A pitch invasion takes place during this fixture every year, but this time with the extra excitement of Ronaldo’s presence, fans ran on prematurely.
There were still 20 minutes remaining in the full 90 when the decision was taken to bring the match to a close after fans stormed the pitch.
The friendly, which takes place annually, represented Juventus’ final test before they kick-off their Serie A title defence against Chievo next Saturday.