So how did Ronaldo fare in his return?
📷 Ronaldo: Match Snapshot
Despite taking the lead, Juventus were on the back foot quite often in this match until the introduction of the Portuguese star helped provide a spark.
Spezia had a myriad of shots on Juve’s goal but Ronaldo proved his quality and ruthlessness in coming on, needing just three minutes to put the Old Lady in front when rounding the keeper and passing into an empty net.
A delightfully chipped penalty all but sealed the win for Juventus soon after, in what was an otherwise quiet 34-minute cameo for Ronaldo, with just 14 touches all in.
But four of those came in the opposition penalty area, two of which being his only shots of the game that helped turn the screw for Andrea Pirlo’s side.
〽️ Ronaldo: Rating Week-on-Week
Rather harsh considering the match-winning brace, Ronaldo’s 7.8 FC Rating was actually a decrease from his last Serie A match back in September.
Incidentally, he scored a brace in that game too, but on that occasion, it was only good enough for a 2-2 draw against Roma in the capital, with Ronaldo scoring an 8.1 FC Rating.
🗝️ Key Stats
Ronaldo match stats
|FC Rating||7.8||Rank #2|
|Touches in box||4|
|Shots||2||Team Rank #1|
CR7 will surely make his first appearance in the Champions League this season when Juventus travel to Ferencvaros on Wednesday night.
The Bianconeri find themselves a game behind Barcelona in Group G and are four points off the pace in Serie A as Ronaldo sets out to make an impact on his return to the side.