Real Madrid have announced that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is to join Italian champions Juventus in a shock £105m transfer. Credit: PA
Ronaldo, 33, has been at the club since 2009 having joined from Manchester United for a then world-record £80m and is their all-time top goal scorer having scored an incredible 451 goals in 438 games.
A statement on the club website said: “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.
“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,” the statement finished with.
A joint-record five-time Ballon D’or winner, four of which came during his spell at Madrid, Ronaldo leaves having won four Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys during his time at the Bernabeu.
It marks a summer of change in Madrid, who finished 17 points behind La Liga rivals Barcelona last season. Manager Zinedine Zidane stepped aside at the end of the previous campaign and will be replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who left his post as Spain boss just two days before their first World Cup game.
Ronaldo’s arrival is the latest in a series of additions as Juventus, Italian champions for seven consecutive seasons, look to build a squad capable of lifting the Champions League for the first time since 1996.
Douglas Costa has already arrived on a permanent transfer from Bayern Munich along with goalkeeper Mattia Perin, full-back Joao Cancelo and German midfielder Emre Can.
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