Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates were paid a visit by Floyd Mayweather in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the boxing icon celebrating the Italian side’s 1-0 Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan.
Ronaldo himself was responsible for the win, heading home a Miralem Pjanic assist in the 61st minute to ultimately seal the Old Lady’s eighth title – one more than opponents Milan.
Franck Kessie’s second-half sending off made things even more difficult for the Rossoneri, with the Ivory Coast international the second Milan player to be shown red against Juventus this term after Gonzalo Higuain was sent off earlier this season.
Wednesday’s win marks the first medal Ronaldo has won as a Juve player since he joined from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal in the close season and the Portugal star, before being congratulated by the undefeated Mayweather, said that hopes this is the beginning of bigger and better things.
Speaking to Rai Sport after the victory, he said: “It was a very difficult match, it’s very warm and hard to play in these conditions.
“We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal.
“It was my intention to start 2019 with a trophy, I have my first title with Juve and I am very happy.
“But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time. We’ve got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one.”
Even though Serie A is only at its halfway stage it seems inevitable that Ronaldo will add Italy’s top-flight title to his medal haul with Juve unbeaten and nine points clear of second-place Napoli.
But Ronaldo is refusing to rest on his laurels in his bid to win major honours with Juve. “Serie A is always Juve’s main objective,” he added.
“We are top of the table, but it’s a very long tournament and it’s going to be tough, so we need to keep working.”
Ronaldo and Juventus return to domestic action with a home clash against Chievo on Monday.