Cristiano Ronaldo scores just 126 seconds into Juventus return after coronavirus

Cristiano Ronaldo made up for lost time by scoring 126 seconds into his return to Juventus as he bagged a brace.

The Portuguese star was named on the bench for his side's visit to Spezia and was introduced after 56 minutes.

Andrea Pirlo had said his star man wouldn't feature from the start and he replaced Paulo Dybala with the game all square.

But a little over two minutes later and Ronaldo had put the Italian champions ahead after rounding the goalkeeper to slot home before adding a second from the spot late on to secure a 4-1 win.

Alvaro Morata scored the opener with Adrien Rabiot also found the net.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been suffering from coronavirus and only recovered earlier this week after testing positive on October 13.

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Pirlo explained his lack of recent action was behind his decision to start Morata and Dybala ahead of him.

But Ronaldo repaid his faith as he slotted his fourth and fifth goals of the season in just his third game.

Juventus have endured an indifferent start to the season under their rookie coach, who lost for the first time in his tenure to Barcelona in midweek.

The Bianconeri have drawn three of their first five games to leave them seven points off leaders AC Milan before kick-off.

Ronaldo has not featured since scoring twice in a 2-2 draw at Roma in September.

Since then Juventus have beaten Napoli but then drew successive games against Crotone and Verona.

Earlier this week, following Ronaldo's recovery, Pirlo told reporters how vital it was to have the 35-year-old back in the squad.

"He arrived negative on the second swab and this morning he trained individually," he said.

"He will be with the team. I don't believe he will play from the beginning. The important thing is having him. He trained at home, it's very important that we take him with us."

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