‘Ronaldo will find Italy harder’

Napoli and Spain defender Raul Albiol believes ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo will find it ‘harder to score 40 goals’ in Italy.

Albiol played alongside Ronaldo at Madrid between 2009 and 2013, while the No 7 has yet to find the back of the net in three Serie A appearances for Juventus.

“It’s true that in Italy, football is more tactical and defensive, as well as being very physical, so you have to know how to play,” the 33-year-old told AS.

“Cristiano’s a great player with tremendous quality, but in Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals.

“Also, I hope he doesn’t because it would be good for Juventus but bad for Napoli. He also started slowly with Madrid last season.

“He didn’t score goals at the start of the campaign, yet he finished up again with some mindboggling numbers.

“If Cristiano has spent his entire career scoring bags of goals every season, it’s not by chance.”

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