By Sports Desk,
Juventus and Real Madrid have agreed terms that will see Portugal’s all-time highest goalscorer move to Turin in a deal worth a reported £105 million.
After scoring a record 450 goals in 438 games, Cristiano Ronaldo is finally ending is nine-year stay with Real Madrid after agreeing to join Italian champions, Juventus.
Speculation had been mounting for weeks about the future of Ronaldo – who won four Champions League titles with Real – and the move, believed to be worth up to £105m, will be seen as a big step forward for Italian football.
Andrea Agnelli, the Juve chairman, was at Ronaldo’s hotel in Greece on Tuesday as discussions over the move advanced, Ronaldo’s agent – Jorge Mendes – was believed to be simultaneously meeting with Real Madrid.
Madrid made clear in their announcement that the transfer was driven primarily by the player’s desires.
The official 192-word statement from Real Madrid said read: “Real Madrid C. F. communicates that, according to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, we have agreed to transfer him to Juventus F. C.
“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 most brilliant times in the history of our club and world football.
“Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.
“He has also become the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games. In total, [Ronaldo won] 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, three of them consecutively and four in the last five seasons. On an individual basis, in the Real Madrid jersey he has won four Ballon d’Ors, two (Fifa’s) The Best, and three Gold Boots, among many other awards.
“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the great symbols and a unique inspiration for the next generations.
“Real Madrid will always be your home.”
Ronaldo will hope he can help Juventus win their first Champions League crown since 1996, an achievement that would add to his personal haul of five Champions League titles.