Ronaldo spearheads Juventus' Champions League squad

Massimiliano Allegri has avoided any surprises in his 23-man squad for the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition

Cristiano Ronaldo can gear up for his first Champions League campaign as a Juventus player following his inclusion in Massimiliano Allegri’s group-stage squad.

Leonardo Spinazzola is the only first-team member excluded from the 23-man selection as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

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Five-time winner Ronaldo brings significant Champions League know-how to a club seeking its first European trophy since 1996.

The 33-year-old is the competition’s all-time leading scorer, although he is yet to open his Juve account.

He will meet former club Manchester United, La Liga side Valencia and Swiss outfit Young Boys in a tricky Group H.

Juventus squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Wojciech Szczesny

Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Mehdi Benatia, Leonardo Bonucci, Joao Cancelo, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro

Midfielders: Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Bernardeschi, Emre Can, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Moise Kean, Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo

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