Making Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo all the more interesting is the fact that the Italian champions play Real Madrid during their summer tour, however their star arrival will not take part in that match.
The two sides will meet at FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins, on August 5 in the International Champions Cup, but Ronaldo is not expected to play, unless there is a radical change of plans between now and then.
Having played in the World Cup up to the last 16 stage, the Portugal captain won’t start pre-season training until the end of the month, possibly on July 30.
Juventus will already be on their US tour then, as they play Bayern Munich on July 26, Benfica on July 28 and an MLS XI on August 2.
Then, on August 5, they take on the European champions, but it’s unlikely that Ronaldo will be in the right condition to take part in that one.
Five days are not enough for him to be ready, while there will also be caution, as Juventus won’t want to risk him.
Last season, for example, he trained with Real Madrid for nine days before his first post-holiday match, which was the UEFA Super Cup.