Cristiano Ronaldo bids farewell in emotional Real Madrid statement

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid released a statement on Tuesday saying that they had agreed to the transfer "at the will and the request of the player".

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

The time has come to start a new chapter in my life and for this I've asked the club to let me go. This is how I feel, and I hope the fans can understand this.

Ronaldo, who is Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer with 450 to his name, has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns during his time with the club.

During these nine years I have had the pleasure of playing alongside great players.

The forward follows Zinedine Zidane out of the door after three consecutive Champions League triumphs, and he could possibly make his debut later this month when the Serie A giants commence their tour of the United States.

"And with them also on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won four Ballon d'Ors and three Golden Boots during my time at this enormous and extraordinary club".

On the same day Messi, with whom Ronaldo has long competed for the title of the world's best, was sent home empty-handed by a French side inspired by a breathtaking performance from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.


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

However, a lot has changed since then and Zinedine Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid in the summer has been a crucial turning point in the transfer saga.

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17.

Their patience wore even thinner when he hogged the narrative after Real had beaten Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev by saying "it was lovely to play for Real Madrid" and re-aired his dissatisfaction with the club.

Among Ronaldo's goals against Juve last season was a spectacular overhead kick in the first leg which even drew cheers from the Bianconeri faithful.

The Portuguese stunned onlookers following the Champions League final win over Liverpool as he hinted that his time at the Bernabeu may have run its course.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, exited the competition with Portugal at the last-16 phase, beaten 2-1 by Uruguay. Hazard could find the lure of Champions League football too great, with Chelsea missing out after finishing fifth last season. Juventus' share prices on the stock exchange sky-rocketed by 33%.

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