After all the rumours and stories, Real Madrid confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo would leave the club to join Juventus on Tuesday.
Ronaldo has agreed on a four-year contract with Seria A Champions.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has written a classy farewell letter to his former club,
“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 nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.”
Ronaldo has also thanked the whole coaching staff and the team-mates with a lot of appreciation.
“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 Golden Balls 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.”
Ronaldo reached global superstar status after becoming the world’s most expensive player when he joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.
“Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these nine 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 nine years ago: Hala Madrid,” he concluded.