Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to Juventus after nine years at Real Madrid, the La Liga side have confirmed.
Juventus and Real Madrid agreed a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo worth in the region of £105m.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was at Ronaldo’s hotel in Greece today as discussions were finalised.
The fee of £105m is £25m more than what Real Madrid paid for him from Manchester United and is £17m more than what Juventus were expected to pay.
“Real Madrid CF communicates that, 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 conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields 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 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, 3 of them consecutive and 4 in the last 5 seasons. On an individual basis, with the Real Madrid jersey he has won 4 Gold Balls, 2 The Best, and 3 Gold Boots, among many other awards.
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations.”
Cristiano Ronaldo also released a letter to Real Madrid supporters following his switch to Juventus.
Here are his key quotes:
- “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.”
- He thanks the club, his “fabulous” teammates and the fans.
- “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.”