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Cristiano Ronaldo quits Real Madrid, signs for Juventus

Madrid team expresses gratitude to a player who “has proven himself to be the best in the world ”

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Champions League in April.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Champions League in April. AFP

Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that it has sold its star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus FC following the player’s own request to do so.

In an official release, the Madrid club expressed gratitude for a player who “has proven himself to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the most briliant periods in the history of our club and world soccer.”

 

“I think the time has come to open a new period in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. That’s the way I feel, and I ask everyone, most especially our followers, to please understand me. I have thought about it a lot, and I know that the time has come for a new cycle,” wrote the five-times World Player of the Year in a letter published on Real Madrid’s website.

The 33-year-old Portuguese national is saying goodbye after nine seasons with Real Madrid, where he arrived in July 2009. His sights are now set on Turin, Italy, where he will wear the Juventus shirt on a four-year contract.

I think the time has come to open a new period in my life

Cristiano Ronaldo

In a statement of its own, the Juventus club said: “He’s called Cristiano Ronaldo and he’s now officially a Bianconero! Juventus are delighted to announce that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has signed for the club on a four-year contract until 30 June 2022.”

The release clause in Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, which runs until 2021, involves a payment of €1 billion, but the price that the Madrid club has opted for is €100 million – over four times what they paid for him in 2009.

The Italian club notes that the agreement has been reached “for a consideration of € 100 million payable in 2 financial years, in addition to the solidarity contribution provided by FIFA regulations and additional costs of € 12 million.”

The player had asked Real Madrid to let him go following a year of troubled relations that got worse when he was targeted by Spanish tax authorities for fraud.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2008 for what was then a world record 80 million pounds (€90.5 million). He won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with the Madrid club.

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