CRISTIANO RONALDO has been told that goals won’t be so easy to come by for Juventus in the ‘defensive’ Serie A.
Raul Albiol played alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner during a four-year Bernabeu spell.
The 33-year-old defender now represents Napoli so will come up against Ronaldo this season.
Ronaldo terrorised defences in La Liga, breaking through the 40-goal barrier in each of his last eight campaigns.
His most prolific season came in 2014/15 when he netted a stunning 61 goals in all competitions.
But the former Manchester United star has failed to notch in his first three appearances for Juventus in Serie A.
And Albiol expects Ronaldo to continue to find life significantly tougher in his new surroundings.
“It’s true that in Italy, football is more tactical and defensive,” he told AS.
“It’s very physical as well, so you have to know how to play.
“In Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals”
“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.”
Portugal left their talisman out of their UEFA Nations League competition meaning he will be rested once domestic competition recommences.
Albiol tempered his words by stating that slow starts are nothing new for Ronaldo.
“He also started slowly with Madrid last season,” Albiol added.
“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.”
Ronaldo will get another chance to open his account for Juve on Sunday when the Bianconeri play host to Sassuolo.