Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.
As the fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday, all eyes were the start of the superstar’s new adventure after his 100 million euros move from European champions Real Madrid.
Juve remain strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the acquisition of Ronaldo, particularly with the league’s other big hitters in a transition period.
Lazio will host Juventus in the second week of the upcoming season, the first proper test for the reigning champions and 33-year-old Ronaldo and the second of two tough opening matches for coach Simone Inzaghi.
Roma, who begin at Torino, have already brought in 11 new players after finishing third and reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season, but doubts remain after they sold fan favourite Radja Nainggolan to Inter and goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool for a record-breaking 72.5 million euros.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men are unlikely to have it all their own way, after a draw that gives them trips to both Luciano Spalletti’s Inter and Roma in the final five weeks of the season.