Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid to sign with Juventus

Virginia Santiago
July 11, 2018

Following the confirmation that it was a done-deal, Ronaldo himself released a statement via the Real Madrid official website which can be read below.

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most dominant soccer players of the past decade and the star of Real Madrid for the past nine years, is leaving the Spanish club for Juventus in Italy, the club announced on Tuesday.

"For Real Madrid, Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations", added the Real statement.

Ronaldo's Madrid contract, which has three years left to run, is worth significantly less than those of his fellow superstars - Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar - despite the Portugal captain helping Madrid extend their record haul of European Cup triumphs to 13.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has landed in Kalamata and taken a helicopter to Cristiano Ronaldo's hotel, ahead of a proposed move.

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Ronaldo won 15 titles with Ramos at Real Madrid.

During his time in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo has won four Ballon d'Or awards, in addition to one which he won while in Manchester United.

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The Portugal worldwide scored two goals against Juventus in Real's 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and, earlier this season, struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italian side in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.

Ronaldo will now move to Italian champions Juventus and now has thanked the club and fans to understand his decision as he embarks in a new chapter of his career. Real Madrid has conquered my heart and that of my family's, too. "But I believe the time has come to open a new stage in my life, so I have asked the club to accept to let me go".

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He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.

On Tuesday afternoon, Real Madrid confirmed reports that a deal had been agreed between the two clubs.

Real has not given any details on the financial terms of this transfer.

Los Blancos have been in the news lately due to a lot of transfer activity, especially related to Cristiano Ronaldo, who appears set to leave the Bernabeu after spending nine seasons at the club.

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