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Cristiano Ronaldo admits to anxiety before first Juventus goals

Cristiano Ronaldo during the serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Turin, Italy.
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo is up and running in a Juventus shirt

Cristiano Ronaldo admitted there was "a bit of anxiety" following his move from Real Madrid to Juventus, where he finally opened his account on Sunday.

The forward joined the Serie A champions for £105m this summer after calling time on his nine-year stay in Madrid.

The 33-year-old failed to score in his opening three league games for Juventus - a goal drought by his own lofty standards - but he got up and running with a double in their 2-1 over Sassuolo.

Victory helped Juve maintain their perfect start in Serie A, and while the match was marred by a Douglas Costa spitting incident, Ronaldo revealed his relief at rediscovering his goalscoring boots.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Sassuolo
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus beat Sassuolo 2-1 to maintain their perfect start in Serie A

"I'm very happy, I thank my team-mates for helping me to adapt to the league. There was a bit of anxiety after my move from Real," Ronaldo told Sky in Italy.

"The lack of goals? This is football, but winning is most important."

Ronaldo has won five Champions Leagues to date, and proved instrumental in steering Real to a third consecutive European title last season.

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He will now look to end Juventus' 22-year wait for Champions League glory, and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is eager to return to the competition where he has scored a record 120 goals.

"I feel it is my home, I cannot wait," he added, ahead of Juventus' opener at Valencia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo's old club Manchester United, and Swiss side Young Boys, make up Group H.

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