Cristiano Ronaldo Leaving Real Madrid and Joining Juventus

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

"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", the club said in a statement, translated via Google.

Ronaldo's move to Juventus could create a domino effect throughout the rest of the transfer window as Real Madrid likely will look to procure a top-ranked talent to replace him.

In Ronaldo's nine years at Real, the player scored 451 goals in 438 games, helping the club to four Champions League titles, three of them consecutively in the last three seasons.

The reigning Ballon d'Or victor is set to end his nine-year spell at the Bernabeu with a move to Turin following a rift with Madrid president Florentino Perez over a new contract.

He has scored a record 120 Champions League goals, 105 of them since moving to Madrid - 12 more than Juventus managed in that same period.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city".

"The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that's why I asked the club to accept transferring me."

The Portugal global won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles, among nine other major honours, during his nine years at the Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old Portuguese star will sign a four-year contract worth about $35.2 million annually.

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the move, and the soccer world is bound to shake.

It's believed new Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is keen on reshaping the Real side and has been linked with former Barcelona forward Neymar, who now plays for Paris St-Germain.

"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".

He is expected to be presented at the Italian club officially in the coming hours. "The shirt, the club badge and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel like mine".

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas' record as Europe's all-time leading global scorer.

Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo became just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

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