European Champions Real Madrid have announced that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club to join Serie A champions Juventus.
It had been widely reported that CR7 wanted to leave Real Madrid after Portugal exited from the World Cup. Juventus swooped in and have reportedly offered €105 million for the 33-year-old star.
CR7 has been in Real Madrid for 9 long years and has won a plethora of trophies including 4 Champions League titles and 2 LaLiga titles.
Real Madrid expressed gratitude to CR7 in their official announcement and confirmed that they decided to allow him to leave following CR7’s request.
He leaves as the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for an “absolutely wonderful” nine years at the club after revealing the time was right to start a new chapter of his illustrious career with Juventus.
CRISTIANO RONALDO ON LEAVING REAL MADRID
“These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life,” the 33-year-old said.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this sport 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 followers, to please understand me.
“They have been absolutely wonderful for nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, but also hard because Real Madrid is very demanding, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.”