Wednesday August 8 2018
Ronaldo no Capocannoniere certainty

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, the Capocannoniere race will be as fierce as ever, as plenty of players will fancy their chances, argues Vilizar Yakimov.

"It is impossible to follow Cristiano Ronaldo. When we arrive, he is already training, when we leave he is still training, I have never seen a player like that". That’s how Douglas Costa described his first few days of training alongside the Portuguese superstar after the duo returned from their post-World Cup vacations and started their pre-season in Turin.

Plenty has been said and written about CR7’s work ethic and professionalism over the years and it is clear that this hasn’t changed since he moved to Juventus this summer. The move was a clear sign that the Bianconeri will be chasing their third Champions League trophy next term, but also that they want to extend their domestic dominance beyond the seven straight Scudetti that they already conquered.

On the other hand, alongside the team targets, one of Ronaldo’s main personal challenges will be to replicate his phenomenal goalscoring displays from England and Spain. There is little doubt that the ex-Real Madrid superstar is already thinking about grabbing the Capocannoniere award at the end of the campaign, but he should know that doing that will be far from easy.

In the last few seasons Serie A has changed rapidly, as the English-speaking media’s favourite myth of catenaccio and dull 0-0 draws has long been forgotten on the peninsula. However, Serie A is still not La Liga and Juventus, despite all of their attacking talent, will never be able to play Real Madrid’s brand of football. Many Italian teams still play much more defensively compared to most of the La Liga sides and considering that this will be Ronaldo’s first season in Italy, don’t be too surprised to see him struggle initially, as even he will need some time to adapt.

Ronaldo is too good to be written off from the Capocannoniere race so easily, but Massimiliano Allegri’s habit of rotating players and resting key figures in certain games also has to be taken under consideration. CR7’s enormous ego is no secret and while he would probably want to play every game, he is intelligent enough to know that this is not best for him nor for Juventus. As fit as he is, Ronaldo is 33-years-old, which means that Allegri will need to manage him smartly, in order to get the best out of him in the big games.

Considering that Inter have improved vastly and added more creativity and support around Mauro Icardi, the Nerazzurri captain will undoubtedly be amongst the Capocannoniere favorites as well. It’s been a while since Inter had to think about Champions League games, so it will be interesting to see how Luciano Spalletti will be managing his team and if he will dare to rest Icardi in some Serie A matches.

Dries Mertens was in contention for the award in the last few seasons and the 31-year-old might do the same this term. However, the Belgian’s chances have probably decreased drastically after Ancelotti’s arrival, due to Carleto’s preference of using a classic centre forward, which can potentially put Arkadiusz Milik in the running. The Poland international has plenty to prove after his tremendous start of his Serie A life, was interrupted by a series of horrible injuries.

Ciro Immobile is another player capable of snapping up the award, as the former Torino forward is continuing to impress domestically. Lazio’s mercato went under the radar, but the Biancocelesti added the incredibly creative Joaquin Correa, as well as a solid defensive midfielder like Milan Badelj, which will make their team compact and might give Immobile a perfect partner upfront.

Another forward in Rome might be in the Capocannoniere running at the end of the season, as if Roma’s risky policy of betting on young players pays off and their attacking prodigies manage to deliver, Edin Dzeko can take advantage. The Bosnian’s struggles during his debut Serie A campaign have long been forgotten, as he has once more become the ruthless finisher he was in Germany and England.

Last but not least, Gonzalo Higuain will be highly motivated to prove his worth and show Juventus they were wrong to let him go so easily. Similarly to Dzeko, Il Pipita’s success will heavily depend on Milan’s core of young players, but the early signs look promising. The 30-year-old looked as hungry and as fit as ever when he showed up at Milanello after his controversial move to the Rossoneri.

It’s also been a while since we had an unlikely winner of the prize. Let’s not rule out the possibility of a new Dario Hubner or Cristiano Lucarelli to dazzle Serie A and surprise everyone.

Overall, it can be concluded that the Capocannoniere race is wide open and if Ronaldo doesn’t hit the ground running right away, there are plenty of proven goalscorers that can overtake him. If Ronaldo adjusts his game in order to fit Juve’s typical hardworking team ethics his chances could be harmed even further. Combined with Allegri’s tendency of rotating key players, especially against the lesser teams, the award might just slip out of CR7’s grasp.

Anyway, let’s not forget this is Cristiano Ronaldo we are talking about - a 5 time Ballon d’Or winner and arguably the best finisher on the planet. He’ll always remain the favourite.

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Have your say...
If immobile at lazio can score 30 then Ronaldo at Juve will score 50.
on the 17th August, 2018 at 10:54am
I too think he’ll have slightly tougher time scoring not just cuz of age,but the all the teams in Serie Anplay tougher defense/Tactics.unlike Spain it’s not a 2-3 team and rest just lay down. Even Benevento played Juve tough twice. He’ll score some stunners but I don’t think he’ll be scoring hat tricks every game,or vs Parma,Empoli,Sassuolo.
Most important thing is that he’s fit to play every game, and help make a difference.
Hoping Balotelli comes back for an even more exciting season.
on the 10th August, 2018 at 10:30pm
my favorit for top scorer

1. ronaldo
2. icardi
3. dzeko
4. immobile
5. higuain
6. belotti
7. mertens
8. simeone
9. dybala
10. cerri
on the 9th August, 2018 at 8:06pm
One thing is for sure;
He will not get the space for tricks and passes like in Spain interesting to see how he deals with smaller teams that is gonna go at him.
on the 9th August, 2018 at 7:52pm
I don't think Juve brought him over to win Capocannoniere and I don't think he went to Juve for this either so that really doesn't matter. This is a silly title for this blog, it should be renamed to: Ronaldo no CL certainty
on the 9th August, 2018 at 7:13pm
Juve should use C.Ronaldo to make space for the other Players , it does not matter who will be the top goalgetter!

Only team wins and trophys matter the rest is just an addition
on the 9th August, 2018 at 1:55pm
It's not good to put all of your eggs in one basket and play your game entirely around Ron.I hope Allegri spreads it around.
on the 9th August, 2018 at 8:45am
He started poorly in La Liga last year then came up good.Can't expect a 33 year old new to a league to go in and get 40 goals.Juve should be happy if he gets 25 even if its less than Hugain.
on the 9th August, 2018 at 8:43am
There is no guarantee. One thing is for sure Italy is not as easy as Spain for goals both he and Messi have been living the dream I think the days of 40 goals a season are over for Ronaldo.
Plus at 33 he won't be playing weeks of Champions league and Series A, don't be fooled by that nonsense of 'body of 22 year old' if he gets injured he will heal like a 33 year old.
He is human not superman and once Series A defence get hold of him he will wish he stayed in Spain.
on the 9th August, 2018 at 7:48am
@Intero - Juventus aren't even half way through how long it took Inter between their 2nd and 3rd and be sure that we could speed it up as well by throwing the whole league under the buss, hiding some evidence so we get away with it thanks to the statute of limitations and get everybody's best players all the while being the only team to have actually cheated but we would never do that because then that tropy wouldn't mean anything. I'd rather wait another 25 years than win it whe way you did
on the 9th August, 2018 at 12:02am
My humble approach was drilled into me by may daddy. The rest of you could learn something from a man like that. What I said below about Inter is correct but on second thoughts, their badge is better. I hate the new Jyventus one! lol. And I know the stadium is half the size of Inters, but thats just a stadium.

Yes okay, I'll admit, Inter have bought very well this summer. Thinking about it now, they're in with a good shot of being champions and going very deep into the Champions League.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 11:45pm
Anonymous, to be fair to Intero, the CAPTCHA security measure on this site is a joke. Some of the letters/digits are so feint that it's very easy to read the code incorrectly, and sometimes - even when you enter it correctly - the program makes out that you've made an error, and so you try again and again, only to eventually see that you did get it right in the first place and you then see your post duplicated numerous times. PLEASE SORT THIS OUT FI!!
on the 8th August, 2018 at 10:47pm
Reading comments from Inter fans always make me smile. I mean, they can't even write Juventus word correctly. What an idiot! LOL

Tbh, we Juve fans never feel insulted when you write Jube, Rubentus... what else? LOL

On the contrary, It made us laugh.

Seriously, Inter fans when will you learn?

We have 2 top class GK, 5 top class CB, 4 top class WB, 6 top class CM, 6 top class forward players e.g. Costa, Ronaldo, Dybala, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi.

Do you think we still need refs?
on the 8th August, 2018 at 10:25pm
That Christiano Ronaldo can come to serie A and not be favourite as Capo canierre is testament to the gradual revival of serie A. This is wonderful and I hope higher quality players come to Italy over the years. Serie A is the proper football league and should reclaim it's aristocratic position in European football.Epl is more of athletics than football.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 10:23pm
Ronaldo will beat Icardi for the Capocannoniere. If Juve are on form, he should get close to 40 and break Higuain's mark of 36. Inter look a solid threat to finish 2nd, and Fiorentina could surprise and finish in the top 4 if their attacking tridente of Chiesa, Simeone and Pjaca click.

on the 8th August, 2018 at 8:54pm
Well if he starts all games and plays up to 83mins and takes all pks and is same condition as past 5 years at Madrid he could possibly shatter the Serie A record with 50+.
But that’s not what’s needed. Allegris plate is full,and needs to do his homework on best way to use CR7. Juve is entirely different beast than Madrid. might be better suited playmaker for Dybala and Mandzukic to tap in goals.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 8:09pm
I don't understand this dump squib of a minor transfer market in the Premier.
Especially with all the money the Clubs have............

Unless of course there will be major sparks tomorrow, deadline day in England.

Who knows?

Very poor dealings for Arsenal, none whatsoever for Tottenham, and the craziest inflated buys of 2 goalkeepers by Liverpool and Chelsea!


Yeah.......... In their dreams only!
on the 8th August, 2018 at 6:42pm

Crying over a game because you lost? Losers always blame the referees. I’m not a hypocrite though. Juve fans still cry about that Madrid penalty in the champs league. I’m not one of them. Madrid were and are simply superior to Juve in every way.

You need to adopt my humble approach and just accept that Juve are better than inter in every way from the stadium to the club logo to the players.

Don’t blame refs. Concentrate on your crap team only having the stamina to get to Xmas
on the 8th August, 2018 at 5:49pm



Quite simply the best!




Noi Siamo La Juventus!
Mai Come Noi Nessuno!
on the 8th August, 2018 at 5:19pm
@ Hypocrisy - Politics & Football. Learn the rules, VAR cannot interfere on a yellow.

@ Intero So when Vecino stomps on Mandzukic's leg to get him injured it's debatable, but when Pjanic randomly fouls Rafinha like there are twenty situations in a game, it's an automatic yellow? That's biased fanboy 101.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 5:13pm
@Hypocrisy - Politics & Football. Losing 1 game instead of winning it means losing 3 points, Juve won the title by 4. Maths isn't your forte I take it?
on the 8th August, 2018 at 4:41pm
"than De Vrij didn't have to "help" us against Lazio…"

wow, are you for real man? What the...?

Stop watching any kind of sports please!
on the 8th August, 2018 at 4:35pm
@Hypocrisy - Politics & Football.

Napoli are no Champs now because they are no Champs!

They are sadly a club with mental problems!

Napoli is only beating themselves every year!
on the 8th August, 2018 at 4:33pm
hmmmmmmm, who did do the treble??? No one ever mentions it in these posts, I must look it up on goggle. Seems a bit like England and 1966, holding on to something that happened quite some time a go, and posting it three times, do I smell desperation. That league title came in the aftermath of inters calcopoli scandal where they withheld information on their own involvement, to remove their main rivals, and since Juve recovered, how many titles is it???
on the 8th August, 2018 at 4:15pm
@Juventino. What is embarrassing is the now retired Juventus referee Taglietella acting a VAR referee not calling the referee's attention to Pjanics assault on rafinha because he would have to be sent off, Rubentus may have lost as a result and Napoli would have been champions. Do keep up this is Italian football.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:34pm
stupid article. Ronaldo will dominate them all just like juve will dominate their submissive competition who have learnt to lose to us.

Juve always win so naturally score the most. All of our strikers stand a better chance. The only way Ronaldo wont win it is if he is injured.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:30pm
Ronaldo's legacy at Juve (and shot at the ballon'dor) hinges on his ability to bring the champions league to Turin, not scoring the most amount of goals in a season against 19 inferior teams. For someone at Ronaldo's level, Capocannoniere is the personal achievement equivalent of the Copa Italia.
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:10pm
@Juvenpino: If the ref didn't help Juve (again) against Inter (red for Vecino which was very arguable, and a clear second yellow for Pjanic, which wasn't given), than De Vrij didn't have to "help" us against Lazio…
That's also the reason why Juve hasn't won the CL for more than 25 years. In the domestic league they receive presents from the ref and in Europe they don't…
Btw, who's the first and only team in Italy why won the treble??
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:02pm
@Juvenpino: If the ref didn't help Juve (again) against Inter (red for Vecino which was very arguable, and a clear second yellow for Pjanic, which wasn't given), than De Vrij didn't have to "help" us against Lazio…
That's also the reason why Juve hasn't won the CL for more than 25 years. In the domestic league they receive presents from the ref and in Europe they don't…
Btw, who's the first and only team in Italy why won the treble??
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:01pm
@Juvenpino: If the ref didn't help Juve (again) against Inter (red for Vecino which was very arguable, and a clear second yellow for Pjanic, which wasn't given), than De Vrij didn't have to "help" us against Lazio…
That's also the reason why Juve hasn't won the CL for more than 25 years. In the domestic league they receive presents from the ref and in Europe they don't…
Btw, who's the first and only team in Italy why won the treble??
on the 8th August, 2018 at 1:01pm

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