Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has termed Portugal skipper and former Real Madrid hot-shot Cristiano Ronaldo as “the best player in the world” and gave the nod to hand him his competitive debut for the Italian giants when they take Chievo Verona on Saturday in the opening match of their title defence in Serie A.
Allegri is all set to unleash the 33-year-old onto the world of Italian football.
The all-time top scorer for his former club Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in one of the most shocking transfers of recent times.
"Tomorrow, a new challenge starts for us. This summer, we bought Ronaldo - the best player in the world," Allegri said at his pre-match press conference.
However, the Juventus boss is yet to decide the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s best position in his playing XI and said he needs a couple of games to figure that out.
"Ronaldo will make his debut...I have some ideas on how we'll play but I need to see a couple more games and training sessions to figure it all out.
"Cristiano is no ordinary footballer. His career statistics are a testament to that. He brings added value to our team, but we must not rest on our laurels and believe that we'll win games just because we have him on our side.
"Whether we use wingers, whether it's Ronaldo with Paulo Dybala, or Dybala with (Mario) Mandzukic, our system also depends on the characteristics of the other players. Sometimes we can play with three in defence."
The former Manchester United man lifted his fifth Champions League trophy in his final season for the Spanish giants Real Madrid and now, Allegri is also hungry for the prestigious European trophy.
"It's my fifth year at the club, progress has been made, the quality of players has improved, as has our confidence at European level. You never know: this could be our year to win the Champions League."
Juventus will travel to Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi in Italy to play hosts Chievo Verona on Saturday.