Real Madrid confirm Cristiano Ronaldo transfer to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Spanish outlet Marca claims that Ronaldo's nine-year spell at the Bernabeu will officially come to an end in a matter of hours.

Many people considered that to be a contract renewal tactic, but it has proven to be genuine after Real Madrid announced the departure of their star man on Tuesday. I only have feelings of great gratitude to this club, to the fans and to the city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.

However, I feel that the time has come to begin a new stage of my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. "I feel that it is time, and I ask everyone, especially our fans, to please understand me".

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor has been Real for nine seasons after joining from Manchester United for a then world-record fee of £80m. While part of Los Blancos, Ronaldo won four Champions League titles, two La Liga championships, two Spanish Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Five time Ballon d'or victor Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid and signed for Juventus. Ronaldo, along with several other top players in the country, has been accused of tax fraud, with authorities saying the government was defrauded of 14.7 million euros ($17 million) from 2011-14.

In Italy, a new law caps tax on income generated from overseas at 100,000 euros ($117,000) per year for residents who have paid their taxes in other countries for at least nine of the last 10 years.

Real are expected to receive a fee of €104m for the prolific Portuguese, with the player set to earn €30m per yeard for the duration of his four-year deal.

Ronaldo is now on vacation in Greece following Portugal's elimination from the World Cup.


"Beyond all the trophies and matches he won on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been a role model in commitment, hard work, responsibility, talent and a desire to always exceed himself".

"Real Madrid has conquered my heart and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thanks: thanks to the club, to the president, to the directors, to my friends, to all the coaches, doctors, physios, incredible workers that make everything function that are attending tirelessly to every detail".

Ronaldo beat Real Madrid's previous No. 7, Raul, who managed to find the back of the net 323 times.

Mendes has previously insisted Ronaldo would be eternally grateful to Madrid if he decides to leave the club this summer.

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 Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was special from an early age.

In the year of his 16th birthday, he played for Sporting Lisbon's under-16, under-17, under-18, reserve and first teams, and two years later he so impressed Alex Ferguson in a 2003 pre-season friendly that the then-Manchester United boss snapped him up.

Indeed, football looked to be the last thing on the Ronaldo's mind as he holidays in Greece, spending a little quality time with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his son, Cristiano Jr., as he continues to recover from yet another Champions League-winning season followed by Portugal's World Cup campaign.

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