Is Cristiano Ronaldo playing today for Juventus? Latest news on star’s status

By | August 20, 2021

After much speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future this summer, the global soccer star will be starting his fourth Serie A season with Juventus on Sunday, Aug. 22, when the team opens its season at Udinese.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo is the reigning Serie A top scorer (29 goals last year) and although there is still over a week remaining before the European transfer window closes, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be staying in Turin. With just one year left on his contract, it would likely be his final season in Italy.

If he does stay, there’s still much to accomplish. In addition to defending his Serie A scoring crown and winning his third Italian league title, Ronaldo will be hoping to lead Juventus to the elusive trophy the team acquired him to win: the UEFA Champions League. Juve hasn’t won the European club crown since 1996.

Will Ronaldo play for Juventus vs. Udinese?

The Juventus season kicks off Sunday with a Serie A opener against Udinese. It’s unclear whether Ronaldo will start after he missed a midweek tuneup match against Juve’s Under-23 team. The club made it known that he sat out to do individual training along with teammate Juan Cuadrado.

Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport projects Ronaldo to be in the starting lineup against Udinese and reporter Fabiana Della Valle says “there don’t seem to be any particular problems for him to be on the field at Udine.” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegro is expected to address Ronaldo’s presence at the pregame press conference Saturday.

The Juventus schedule through the end of September is below:

Date Competition Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Sun, Aug. 22 Serie A – Matchday 1 Udinese vs. Juventus 12:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network Paramount+
Sat, Aug. 28 Serie A – Matchday 2 Juventus vs. Empoli 2:45 p.m.   Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 11 Serie A – Matchday 3 Napoli vs. Juventus TBD   Paramount+
Tue/Wed, Sept. 14/15 Champions League – Matchday 1 TBD TBD   Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 18 Serie A – Matchday 4 Juventus vs. AC Milan TBD   Paramount+
Tue, Sept. 21 Serie A – Matchday 5 Spezia vs. Juventus TBD   Paramount+
Sat, Sept. 25 Serie A – Matchday 6 Juventus vs. Sampdoria TBD   Paramount+
Tue/Wed, Sept. 28/29 Champions League – Matchday 2 TBD TBD   Paramount+

Serie A top scorer favorites

Major sportsbooks in the USA list Cristiano Ronaldo as the favorite to retain the title of Serie A top scorer. His main preseason challengers are Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Ronaldo has not scored fewer than 21 goals in his three previous seasons in Italy’s Serie A, netting a total of 81 league goals during that span and 133 across all competitions for the Bianconeri.

Player Team DraftKings Pointsbet William Hill
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus +275 +260 +225
Ciro Immobile Lazio +800 +900 +700
Duvan Zapata Atalanta +800 +600 +600
Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina +1200 +1400 +1600
Luis Muriel Atalanta +1200 +1200 +1000
Tammy Abraham AS Roma +1400 +2000 +1400
Victor Osimhen Napoli +1400 +1200 +1200
Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan +1400 +700 +700
Alvaro Morata Juventus +1600 +1200 +1000
Edin Dzeko Inter Milan +1800 +1800 +1800
Zlatan Ibrahimovic AC Milan +2000 +2000 +2000
Olivier Giroud AC Milan +2000 +1500 +1400
Dries Mertens Napoli +3500 +2000 +2000
Andrea Belotti Torino +3500 +3300 +3300
Federico Chiesa Juventus +5000 +3300 +3300
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli +3500 +5000 +5000
Paulo Dybala Juventus +5000 +2500 +2500
Ante Rebic AC Milan +6500 +2500 +2500
Domenico Berardi Sassuolo +6500 +3300 +3300
Joao Pedro Cagliari +6500 +5000 +5000
Francesco Caputo Sassuolo +6500 +5000 +5000
Andrea Petagna Napoli +8000 N/A +10000
Hirving Lozano Napoli +10000 +10000 +10000
Henrikh Mkhitaryan AS Roma +10000 N/A N/A
Fabio Quagliarella Sampdoria +10000 +10000 +10000
Josep Ilicic Atalanta +10000 +6600 +6600
Rafael Leao AC Milan +10000 +10000 +10000
Mattia Destro Genoa +15000 N/A N/A
Dejan Kulusevski Juventus +15000 +6600 +6600
M’bala Nzola Spezia +15000 N/A N/A
Lorenzo Pellegrini AS Roma +20000 N/A N/A
Nicolo Zaniolo AS Roma +20000 +6600 +6600