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Is Juventus Even Stronger This Season?

Despite Inter Milan having a tremendous transfer window and looking like legitimate title contenders for the first time since 2011, the team to beat in Italy continues to be Juventus.

That is because Juventus signed the current Ballon d’Or winner. The bronzed, ultra-fit elephant named Cristiano, who has taken Italy by storm. Suffice to say Juventus have enjoyed a decent couple of months of recruitment too.

The entire sport-loving population went into an ecstatic meltdown when Cristiano Ronaldo glided onto the Peninsular. Even followers of rival clubs shared the pride and prestige of welcoming the man who has ruled football alongside Lionel Messi over the last decade.

CR7 makes Juve even more intimidating. A glance at the domestic roll of honour proves that the Bianconeri didn’t require much strengthening for domestic battle. They have won the last seven league titles. But Ronaldo will spearhead the Turin club’s Champions League mission.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri has drafted in high calibre re-enforcements in other areas too. Emre Can has the opportunity for a fresh start and to demonstrate his versatile, dynamic best in midfield.

Zippy full-back Joao Cancelo, who impressed in bursts at Inter last season, comes in, and another wide defender, the thrilling Leonardo Spinazzola, returns from his loan to Atalanta. As if that weren’t enough, an old friend has ridden back into town.

Leonardo Bonucci has brought his ball-playing skills and defensive mastery back to the Allianz Stadium. His one season spell as AC Milan captain is now relegated to a curious footnote.

‘I left Juventus in a moment of anger. Now I am back home’ said the bearded libero. After the second coming of ‘Boni’, as he is known, Allegri is spoilt for choice in defence.

It has been a very busy transfer window for calcio, AS Roma and Milan have also made some eye-catching purchases. Napoli fans are less enthused by the contents of their team’s trolley. But the protagonists of the Derby d’Italia have hogged the limelight.

The Italian media give clubs marks out of ten for their transfer campaigns. You’d award Inter and Juventus a hefty nine (the Nerazzurri would soar to an unprecedented ten if Modric materialises in Lombardy).

But the real verdict cannot be delivered until May. Regardless of how the season unfolds, this summer we have already witnessed the best Derby d’Italia for decades.