Breaking: Cristiano Ronaldo Joins Juventus From Real Madrid In £88m deal
Putting an end to all the speculations surrounding his future, Cristiano Ronaldo, on Tuesday, completed one of the most remarkable transfers in history by joining Juventus for £88million. Real Madrid confirmed the huge news on Tuesday.
The stunning transfer has brought an end to Ronaldo’s nine trophy-laden years at Real Madrid as he will be eyeing yet another beautiful chapter in his illustrious career.
It is believed that the deal finalised after Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece on Tuesday. Ronaldo is signing a four-year contract with an annual salary of around €30m.
A statement posted on Real Madrid’s official website read:
“In response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC.
“Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.
“Beyond the titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.
“He has also become the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games. In total he won 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, 3 of them consecutive and 4 in the last 5 seasons.
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations.
“Real Madrid will always be your home.”
⚽⭐? Carta de Cristiano Ronaldo.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 10, 2018
The Portuguese superstar also returned the favour by expressing his gratitude to the club. He also insisted that it was time for a new challenge.
“These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.
“However, I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.
“They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
“I have had fabulous teammates in the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won 3 Champions in a row and 4 Champions in 5 years.
“And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won 4 Ballon d’Ors and 3 Golden Boots. All during my time in this immense and extraordinary club.
“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
“Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition for all of them.
“I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle. I’m leaving but this shirt, this shield and the Santiago Bernabéu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.
“Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years ago: Hala Madrid!”
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then world record £80m in July 2009. He scored a club-record 451 goals and won the Ballon D’Or in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The Portugal international also helped the team win the Champions League in four of the past five seasons, scoring in the 2014 and 2017 finals. In addition, he also won two league championships as well as two Spanish Cups and three Fifa Club World Cups.
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