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Ronaldo will score at least 40 goals this season, predicts Cassano


Cristiano Ronaldo will score at least 40 goals this season and will ensure Juventus’ continued domination of the Serie A until 2022, says Antonio Cassano

It took just eight minutes for Ronaldo to score in his first appearance in a Juventus shirt in an annual friendly against the Juventus B team over the weekend.

And Cassano, who won the Serie A in 2011 with AC Milan, feels that Ronaldo is ready-made for Juventus and will fire them to further dominance in Italian football with the club having already won the league crown for the past seven seasons in succession.

“It goes without saying now, Juventus have the Scudetto sewn up until 2022,” said Cassano, according to Football-Italia.

“CR7 will score at least 40 goals, while I only see Inter behind the Bianconeri.

“Juventus did a great deal by signing the second best player in the world. Of course, I still consider Lionel Messi to be the best, as I even named my son after him. Ronaldo will repay Juve not just in goals and results, but also in economic terms.

“I know Real Madrid well and all that counts, even for Florentino Perez, is the club. When the time came, they dumped the Brazilian Ronaldo and David Beckham, so I’m not surprised they treated Cristiano like that too.

“CR7 is made for Juve. He’s like an extra-terrestrial in terms of fitness, as he loves hard work and never takes his foot off the gas. I’m sure he’ll get along well with Allegri, as Max is extraordinary when dealing with champions.”

Ronaldo will finish as the Serie A’s top scorer this season, although he may have benefitted from Gonzalo Higuain had Juventus decided to retain him.

“Ronaldo will be Capocannoniere, with Gonzalo Higuain and Edin Dzeko on the podium. I’d put Mauro Icardi fourth in the list,” said Cassano.

“I do believe Gonzalo could’ve played with Ronaldo, because he is effectively a copy of Karim Benzema and it won’t be easy to find a role for Paulo Dybala now.

While the Turin supporters are hoping that Ronaldo will help end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory, Cassano doesn’t seem to think that will be the case.

“Having said that, I don’t think Juve are the favourites to win the Champions League, as I’d give that to Barcelona,” he said.