SINGAPORE — The last team arrived for the International Champions Cup (ICC) on Saturday (20 July), as Italian Serie A champions Juventus flew into Singapore with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, new manager Maurizio Sarri as well as new signings Matthijs de Ligt and Aaron Ramsey.
They got into the thick of things right after checking into Swissotel The Stamford in the morning, proceeding to sponsors’ events and official meet-and-greet sessions.
In the late afternoon, they finally settled into the serious business of training at Bishan Stadium for Sunday’s ICC match with Tottenham Hotspur.
Exciting season ahead with top signing
Juve won the Serie A title for the eighth year in a row last season, finishing 11 points above second-placed Napoli, with Ronaldo contributing 21 goals and eight assists in his first season with the Italian giants.
However, a surprise Champions League quarter-final loss to Ajax Amsterdam meant that Europe’s top club trophy remained out of Juve’s reach since they last won it in 1996.
This new season promises to be an exciting season for Juve, as they managed to secure the services of de Ligt, the young Ajax defender widely-tipped to become one of the world’s best in his position.
Record-setting with fans and footballers
Meanwhile, Tottenham players – led by Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko, Lucas Moura and new signing Tanguy Ndombele – joined up with young footballers and fans at the Kallang Wave Mall to set the record for Singapore’s fastest consecutive football passes with 100 people at 2min 3sec.
The record-setting event raised funds for beneficiaries of Children’s Wishing Well, the adopted charity of AIA Singapore, both the global principal partner for Tottenham and the presenting sponsor for this year’s ICC.
Spectators and fans were also treated to an auction of rare autographed Tottenham Hotspur collectables at the event.