Italian giants Juventus have completed the transfer of Portuguese captain and current World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo for a club record £99.2m, making him one of the four most expensive players of all time.
The 33 year old has believed to have signed a 4 year deal with the Serie A champions after 9 years in Spain in which time he picked up no less than Four Champions League titles.
With speculation mounting that Ronaldo was ready to leave the Spanish capital, he had been recently seen enjoying a break in Italy after his countries early exit from the World Cup.
Commenting on his move he said “The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that's why I asked the club to accept transferring me!
In a letter released to the Real Madrid fans the five time Ballon d’Or winner goes into detail about his time in Spain and his decision to leave.
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 its fans 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 fans, to please understand me.
They have been absolutely wonderful for nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an emotional time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of the highest demands, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
I have had fabulous team-mates on the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won three Championships in a row and four Championships in five years. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won four Gold Balls and three Gold Boots. All during my time in this immense and extraordinary club.
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 technical staff, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work, that tirelessly pursue every minute detail.
Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these nine exciting years I have played against great players. 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 badge and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel part of me wherever I am.
Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Go Madrid!
With Ronaldo current enjoying a small break, he could see his old team mates sooner than expected as his new team Juventus are set to play Real Madrid in a Pre-season tournament held in the United States, with the pair set to play at the FedEx Stadium in Washington D.C. on Saturday the 4th August.
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