Cristiano Ronaldo Officially Joins Juventus On An £88m Deal | The Portuguese 33-year-old, who has reached global superstar status after becoming the world’s most expensive player when he joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 had decided to join Juventus.
The five-time World Player of the Year joined was to join reigning Serie A champion Juventus from the Champions League holder for a reported 100 million euro ( $117 million) transfer fee.
“Real Madrid announces that it has agreed to transfer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus FC due to the will and desire expressed by the player,” the Madrid-based club said in a statement.
“Today Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player that has proved to be the best in the world and has carved out one of the most brilliant eras in the history of our club and world football,” the statement added. Cristiano Ronaldo Officially Joins Juventus
Ronaldo wrote an open thank you letter to Real Madrid supporters that were published on the club’s website.
“These years at Real Madrid, and in the city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest in my life,” he wrote.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for the fans and for the city. I can only thank all of them for the affection I have received. Cristiano Ronaldo Officially Joins Juventus
“However, I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to agree to transfer me. I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to understand that,” he added.
Ronaldo was the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 16 trophies and 451 goals in 438 matches.