Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.
It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave
Juventus announced the news that rocked world football late on Tuesday afternoon
Unofficial Juventus shirts with Ronaldo’s name on are already being sold in Turin
A reporter holds up a Juventus shirt with ‘Ronaldo No 7’ on the back outside the club’s ground
Juventus fans outside the stadium holding up a shirt with their new star’s name on the back
How Ronaldo could look when he turns out for Italian champions Juventus next season
In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.
It read: ‘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.’
Real Madrid confirmed Ronaldo’s move to Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday afternoon
The club tweeted Ronaldo’s letter in which the player thanked the club for their support
Ronaldo enjoyed a stellar career during his nine-year career with Real Madrid
He won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid, the last coming in May
WILL RONALDO’S FIRST GAME BE AGAINST REAL?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus could be against his former club.
The two sides meet in the International Champions Cup at the FedEx Field in Washington on August 4.
‘Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved 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.’
Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.
He said: ‘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.’
Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli (left) met with Ronaldo to finalise the deal on Tuesday
Agnelli flew out to Greece from Italy for talks with Ronaldo while the player was on holiday
RONALDO STATEMENT IN FULL
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 this hobby 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 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
I have had fabulous teammates in the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won 3 Champions in a row and 4 Champions in 5 years. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won 4 Gold Balls and 3 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 technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. 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 shield and the Santiago Bernabéu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.
Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years ago: Hala Madrid!
An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.
The club confirmed that £88m (€100m) will be payable to the Spanish giants, while a further payment of £10m will be made.
‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Fùtbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100 million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.
‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’
Ronaldo leaves a legacy behind at Real Madrid littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.
He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.
‘Real Madrid will always be his home’.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 after leaving Manchester United for £80m
He instantly became a fans’ favourite at Real Madrid after smashing the world transfer record
Ronaldo has been noted for his individual success in European football at Real Madrid
Ronaldo’s form led to individual honours – he won four Ballon d’Ors in his time at Real Madrid
While there was success, Ronaldo also had, at times, a turbulent relationship with Real Madrid’s club hierarchy, particularly club president Florentino Perez.
The first signs of an uneasy relationship emerged when he declared on the pitch in 2012, ‘I’m sad and the club know why’, and they reared their head again after the 4-1 win over Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final when newspaper A Bola said he had decided to leave.
Ronaldo’s complaints, said to be centred around Real’s reluctance to hand him a pay rise and a perceived lack of support for him in his legal battle against the Spanish tax authorities, got little sympathy among fans or the Spanish media, however.
Their patience wore even thinner when he hogged the narrative after Real had beaten Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev by saying ‘it was beautiful to play for Real Madrid’ and re-aired his dissatisfaction with the club.
It was an unedifying yet strangely fitting end to a glorious yet bumpy marriage between one of the sport’s greatest ever players and one of its most storied clubs.
Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez and Ronaldo didn’t always agree with each other
Ronaldo will rightly be remembered as one of Real’s best ever players, although he never quite enjoyed the God-like status he craved.
Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus could come against his former club when the two meet in the International Champions Cup.
The two play each other on August 4 at the FedEx Field in Washington.
Former Real Madrid team-mates were quick to post their own tributes to Ronaldo.
Defender Sergio Ramos tweeted: ‘Cristiano, your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves. You have earned a special place in the history of
Defender Sergio Ramos tweeted saying it was a ‘pleasure to play alongside you, bicho’
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be reunited with Ronaldo when he is officially unveiled
‘As Madridistas we’ll remember you always. It’s been a pleasure to play alongside you, bicho. Big hig and good luck!’
Sami Khedira, who played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid before joining Juventus in 2015, added: ‘Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano.
‘We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for Juventus.’
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala also sent a tweet to Ronaldo welcoming him to Turin.
‘Bienvenido Cristiano. Bevenuto. Bemvindo!’ he wrote, which translates as: ‘Welcome, Cristiano. Welcome.’
Former Manchester United team-mate, Gary Neville, tweeted: ‘Stunned! Never believed a word of it! Expected a new RM deal.’
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala welcomed Ronaldo to the club after Madrid confirmed the deal
Former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville tweeted how he was ‘stunned’ by the news.
RONALDO’S TIME AT REAL MADRID:
450 – Ronaldo’s Real Madrid-record goal tally, in 438 games.
17 – his record goal tally for a Champions League season, in 2013-14.
105 – total Champions League goals for the club, which also included 16 in 2015-16 and 15 in the most recent campaign.
4 – Champions League titles with Real, including the last three in succession.
311 – goals in LaLiga.
2 – LaLiga titles, in 2011-12 and 2016-17.
16 – major trophies with the club, also including two domestic cups, two domestic and three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups.
4 – Ballon d’Or awards won with Real, making five in total after he was first recognised as the world’s best player in 2008 when he was with Manchester United.
44 – hat-tricks for Madrid including a club-record 34 in LaLiga. Two came last season, against Girona and Real Sociedad in LaLiga.
8 – the Girona game marked the eighth time he had scored four or more goals in a Real match. That included five-goal league hauls against Granada in 2014-15 and Espanyol the following season.
8 – his first three goals in that 9-1 win over Granada came in eight minutes, equalling the club record for the quickest ever hat-trick.
61 – his most prolific season for Real came in 2014-15 with 61 goals in all competitions, including 48 in the league. It was the second time he hit 60 for a season.
£80m – fee paid by Real to sign Ronaldo from United in 2009. At the time it was a world record.
£92.7m – the reported fee paid by Juve sees Real make a profit in raw terms.
658 – career goals for Real, United (118), Sporting Lisbon (five) and Portugal (85).