7/26/2018 11:37:31 PM (GMT+3)

Ronaldo to kick off in Juve jersey against Chievo on Aug 18

Ronaldo to kick off in Juve jersey against Chievo on Aug 18

ROME: Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at Chievo on August 18-19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.

The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday with all eyes on where the superstar attacker signed for 100 million euros from European champions Real Madrid earlier this month.

Juventus are strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the Portuguese international's arrival, with the league's other big hitters in a transition period.

Napoli, who finished four points behind Juve last year, will be a different prospect from the free-flowing purists of recent years after replacing new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner with the Premier League club in 2010.

Chievo were let off from being deducted points from last season and relegated after a legal technicality meant charges that they deliberately inflated the figures of transfer dealings with now-bankrupt Serie B club Cesena were thrown out.