It seems initiation songs are all the rage amongst professional footballers these days
Be it a move to a new club, or perhaps just a promotion from the youth team, it seems nobody is safe… not even some of the finest players to have ever taken to a football field.
Already this summer, we’ve seen Gianluigi Buffon’s performance in front of his new Paris Saint-Germain teammates; now, it’s the turn of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ahead of the game in Verona, footage has emerged of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner standing on top of a chair and belting out a song for his new Juve teammates.
We’re not exactly sure what the song is, but judging by the video below – which appeared on Miralem Pjanic’s Instagram Stories – it seemed to go down well with the rest of those gathered in the room.
Not even Ronaldo can escape the initiation ? pic.twitter.com/2HJJ7KoysO
— Rossé Marrai-Ricco (@RossellaMarrai) August 17, 2018
Ronaldo wasn’t the only one to be made to sing an initiation song. Leonardo Bonucci – returning to the Turin club after spending a year at AC Milan – also performed, as did former Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can.
Not Bonucci's first initiation at Juve ? pic.twitter.com/oDY6qjbJGy
— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) August 17, 2018
Ronaldo’s first competitive appearance for his new club comes a week after he scored his first goal in their colours in a preseason friendly with their B team… cue the ‘he always scores against Juventus’ jokes.
Back in Spain, it’s been reported that Ronaldo’s former club were considering making a huge offer to try and buy Neymar this summer. Real Madrid president is reportedly ‘desperate’ to bring in a star signing to replace the Portugal captain at the Bernabeu and willing to part wit €300m to sign the Brazilian.