Cristiano Ronaldo Embarrasses Himself With Juventus Initiation Song But We Love It Anyway
No one — we repeat, no one — is immune to initiation rites in soccer. Not a 40-year-old legend of the game and not even one of the best players of all time. Although after watching the Cristiano Ronaldo initiation song with Juventus, maybe these embarrassing displays need to stop — for the children.
Earlier this month, Gianluigi Buffon was seen belting out a glorious song for his PSG initiation rites. He earned a rousing ovation from his new teammates.
The Ronaldo initiation song after joining Juventus from Real Madrid did not quite earn the same plaudits as Buffon’s, but we loved it anyway.
Not even Cristiano Ronaldo is above new-team initiation (via @miralem_pjanic/IG) pic.twitter.com/lrYdQsqruU— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) August 17, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo clearly has no problem being the center of attention, even if it’s for a ritual meant to demean and mock a newcomer to welcome him into the fold. Ronaldo showed plenty of verve and enthusiasm in his performance, drawing some rhythm clapping from the audience. But his performance left a lot to be desired.
To be honest, we love seeing this side of Ronnie. Often demonized for diving or caring too much about his appearance, it’s nice to see Ronaldo can just be one of the guys from time to time and isn’t a constant diva.
The Ronaldo initiation song wasn’t the only cringe-worthy display from Juventus on Friday; there were five other newcomers who had to sing to their new teammates.
Despite having already played more than 200 matches with the Bianconeri, Leonardo Bonucci led his teammates in song. New Portuguese defender João Cancelo, former PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi and new goalkeeper Mattia Perin also joined in.
The worst performance of the day belonged to former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.
— KPR offside (@KPR_offside) August 17, 2018
Maybe he didn’t want to upstage the Ronaldo initiation song? You know, get on the good side of the super star so he doesn’t get banished to the bench.
The Old Lady opens the Serie A season on Saturday against Chievo. Juventus is the heavy favorite to win the league for an eighth straight time, especially with five of the top 18 on our list of top Serie A players.