Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match against AC Milan to win his first trophy with Juventus, which became the first club to win the Supercoppa Italiana eight times.
The match was played out to a sold-out King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah in front of more than 61,000 fans.
“I’m very happy, it was what I wanted, I’m very happy to have won my first title with Juventus,” Ronaldo said.
“The atmosphere was excellent at all times,” he said while describing the facilities in Saudi Arabia, which hosted the tournament for the first time. “Everything was excellent,” he said.
“All the organizational and technical matters have been fine since we arrived in Saudi Arabia. The stadium and the fans were pushing us for a good match,” he said.
It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal in his past four matches as he showed little sign of being affected – on the pitch at least – by a case of alleged rape involving an American woman.
Ronaldo has been asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Juventus, which has won the league the past seven seasons, leads Serie A by nine points and is in the quarterfinal of the Italian Cup as well as the last 16 of the Champions League.
“We have to take it step by step,” Ronaldo said. “The aim was to start well this year and we have done and now we have to continue to work for our other objectives.”
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