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Ronaldo has penned a four-year deal with
Juventus after penning an emotional goodbye
letter to Real’s fans
Real Madrid have announced that they have agreed a £105million
fee for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugal captain has already agreed personal terms with the
Serie A champions and will join on a four-year deal which could
see him earn as much as €30m-a-season.
The 33-year-old’s sensational move to Italy will end his nine
season spell in Spain, where he has scored an astonishing 451
goals in 438 appearances.
Real Madrid issued a statement on their website on Tuesday
afternoon, reading: “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, three of them
consecutive and four in the last five seasons. On an individual
basis, with the Real Madrid jersey he has won four Gold Balls, two
The Best, and three 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.
“Real Madrid will always be your home.”
Ronaldo penned a letter of his own, to the clubs and fans, it read:
“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 Gold Balls and 3 Gold Boots. All during my time
in this immense and extraordinary club.

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“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!”
At Los Blancos, Ronaldo has won everything available to him –
two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and four Champions
League trophies, to name a few.
Ronaldo threw open the door to a move away from the Santiago
Bernabeu following the Champions League final in May.
The Portugal captain spoke about his time at Real Madrid in past
tense and said his future would become clear in the coming days.
However, Ronaldo backtracked at Real’s trophy parade a day later
and told fans he would ‘see them next season’.

Speculation over Ronaldo’s future died down as he represented
Portgual at the World Cup. But following his nation’s last-16
defeat to Uruguay transfer rumours over a move to Juventus
gathered pace.
It is now believed a £105million fee has been agreed between
Juventus and Real Madrid for the 33-year-old.
Ronaldo has agreed personal terms on a four-year deal and could
stand to earn as much as €30million-a-season.

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