After much speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future this summer, the global soccer star will be starting his fourth Serie A season with Juventus on Sunday, Aug. 22, when the team opens its season at Udinese.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo is the reigning Serie A top scorer (29 goals last season) and although the European transfer window has not closed, he’ll be staying in Turin. With just one year left on his contract, it’s likely to be his final season in Italy.

“Ronaldo told me that he is staying at Juventus,” Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri said in the pregame press conference ahead of the Udinese match. “Ronaldo is an added bonus for us, because he guarantees a high number of goals. He has always trained well, I just read the gossip in the papers. He never told us he wanted to leave.” 

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There’s still much to accomplish for Ronaldo at Juventus. In addition to defending his Serie A scoring crown and winning his third Italian league title, Ronaldo will be hoping to lead Juventus to the elusive trophy the team acquired him to win: the UEFA Champions League. Juve hasn’t won the European club crown since 1996.

Will Ronaldo play for Juventus vs. Udinese?

The Juventus season kicks off Sunday with a Serie A opener against Udinese. It’s unclear whether Ronaldo will start after he missed a midweek tuneup match against Juve’s Under-23 team. The club made it known that he sat out to do individual training along with teammate Juan Cuadrado.

“Ronaldo didn’t play on Thursday because we were coming off a heavy training workload and I gave him half a day off,” Allegri said about Ronaldo’s absence in midweek, confirming he was available for selection against Udinese.

Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport projects Ronaldo to be in the starting lineup against Udinese and reporter Fabiana Della Valle says “there don’t seem to be any particular problems for him to be on the field at Udine.” 

The Juventus schedule through the end of September is below:

DateCompetitionMatchTime (ET)TV channelsStream
Sun, Aug. 22Serie A – Matchday 1Udinese vs. Juventus12:30 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkParamount+
Sat, Aug. 28Serie A – Matchday 2Juventus vs. Empoli2:45 p.m. Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 11Serie A – Matchday 3Napoli vs. JuventusTBD Paramount+
Tue/Wed, Sept. 14/15Champions League – Matchday 1TBDTBD Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 18Serie A – Matchday 4Juventus vs. AC MilanTBD Paramount+
Tue, Sept. 21Serie A – Matchday 5Spezia vs. JuventusTBD Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 25Serie A – Matchday 6Juventus vs. SampdoriaTBD Paramount+
Tue/Wed, Sept. 28/29Champions League – Matchday 2TBDTBD Paramount+

Serie A top scorer favorites

Major sportsbooks in the USA list Cristiano Ronaldo as the favorite to retain the title of Serie A top scorer. His main preseason challengers are Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Ronaldo has not scored fewer than 21 goals in his three previous seasons in Italy’s Serie A, netting a total of 81 league goals during that span and 133 across all competitions for the Bianconeri.

PlayerTeamDraftKingsPointsbetWilliam Hill
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus+275+260+225
Ciro ImmobileLazio+800+900+700
Duvan ZapataAtalanta+800+600+600
Dusan VlahovicFiorentina+1200+1400+1600
Luis MurielAtalanta+1200+1200+1000
Tammy AbrahamAS Roma+1400+2000+1400
Victor OsimhenNapoli+1400+1200+1200
Lautaro MartinezInter Milan+1400+700+700
Alvaro MorataJuventus+1600+1200+1000
Edin DzekoInter Milan+1800+1800+1800
Zlatan IbrahimovicAC Milan+2000+2000+2000
Olivier GiroudAC Milan+2000+1500+1400
Dries MertensNapoli+3500+2000+2000
Andrea BelottiTorino+3500+3300+3300
Federico ChiesaJuventus+5000+3300+3300
Lorenzo InsigneNapoli+3500+5000+5000
Paulo DybalaJuventus+5000+2500+2500
Ante RebicAC Milan+6500+2500+2500
Domenico BerardiSassuolo+6500+3300+3300
Joao PedroCagliari+6500+5000+5000
Francesco CaputoSassuolo+6500+5000+5000
Andrea PetagnaNapoli+8000N/A+10000
Hirving LozanoNapoli+10000+10000+10000
Henrikh MkhitaryanAS Roma+10000N/AN/A
Fabio QuagliarellaSampdoria+10000+10000+10000
Josep IlicicAtalanta+10000+6600+6600
Rafael LeaoAC Milan+10000+10000+10000
Mattia DestroGenoa+15000N/AN/A
Dejan KulusevskiJuventus+15000+6600+6600
M’bala NzolaSpezia+15000N/AN/A
Lorenzo PellegriniAS Roma+20000N/AN/A
Nicolo ZanioloAS Roma+20000+6600+6600

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