Ronaldo has been shortlisted alongside Croatian World Cup star Luka Modric - who beat the Portuguese to the UEFA player of the year prize - and Egyptian Mohamed Salah. "That's football. What's most important is to win and to do well".
The 33-year-old then doubled the hosts' advantage on 65 minutes, this time producing a superb finish after a swift counter-attack.
"I'm very happy, I thank my team-mates for helping me to adapt to the league".
Ronaldo, goalless in his first three games since his move from Real Madrid, tapped in shortly after half-time.
Valter Birsa pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.
His first goal came after Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari could only head a Juventus corner onto the left post and Ronaldo was waiting to volley in a rebound from less than two yards out.
I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high.
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The Italian champions kick off their Champions League campaign with a trip to Valencia on Wednesday before facing Frosinone at the weekend.
Ronaldo could easily have had a hat-trick but missed two more good chances and had a penalty appeal turned down.
The Italian manager has made it clear he is not happy with Douglas Costa for spitting in Federico Di Francesco's face late in the second half of the Bianconeri's 2-1 win over Sassuolo, saying things like this should not take place in football.
Costa now faces an extended ban with coach Massimiliano Allegri annoyed with the forward for "rising to provocation".
I can't confirm that Costa spit into Di Francesco's mouth, but it sure looks like he did.
Ronaldo ended up bagging a brace to get up and running in style, while Costa was sent off for unsporting behaviour which included spitting at an opposition player.
Inter Milan's woes were compounded with a shock 1-0 home defeat by Parma on Saturday ahead of their European opener against Tottenham at the San Siro.