February 18, 2019

Real Madrid confirm departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus

10 July 2018, 08:30 | Anna Jefferson

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However Cristiano Ronaldo's nine year spell in the Spanish capital has now come to an end, with the news the Portuguese star will be moving to Juventus for the 2018/19 season.

The fee paid by the Serie A champions is reported to be around 105million euros (£92.7million) for the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

In a statement, Real Madrid said the player had "proved to be the best in the world" and "marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football".

According to Romano, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor will sign a four-year deal with the Serie A champions, during which he will earn €30 million (R470 million) a season.

"Los Blancos" are keen for Ronaldo to publicly accept responsibility for his exit to absolve the club of the blame for the exit of their all-time record goalscorer.

Ronaldo was also moved by Juventus fans for giving him a standing ovation after he scored a spectacular goal against the Italian club at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League quarterfinals last season.

Ronaldo, who has played with Real Madrid since 2009-10 season when he transferred from Premier League side Manchester United, has become one of the most accomplished players in the sport's history. His goal-scoring alone is phenomenal in Europe's elite competition: 120 goals in 152 matches, 105 in the Real Madrid shirt.

"I only have feelings of huge thanks for this club, for the fans and for this city", he said.

"I thank Juve, because if after Manchester I continued to win and to run, it was thanks to Juve".

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me".

Real Madrid confirmed the news in a short statement on their website earlier today.

La Gazzetta said that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is expected in Madrid on Tuesday when Real directors are scheduled to meet.

Modric, however, believes the 33-year-old will stay with the Champions League winners.

Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of this year's tournament in Russian Federation. During these nine exciting years I have had great players in front of me.

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