Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

'Real Madrid will always be Ronaldo's home': Club statement

Other players targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Luka Modric.

He added that the loss of Zinedine Zidane, who has been replaced by Julen Lopetegui at Real, doesn't change the club's appeal.

And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport's crowning achievement will elude both partners in football's greatest player rivalry.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was at Ronaldo's hotel in Greece on Tuesday as discussions continued over the move.

"Real Madrid would like 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", the Spanish club said in an official statement.

"For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the great symbols and a unique inspiration for the next generations".

Ronaldo beat Real Madrid's previous No. 7, Raul, who managed to find the back of the net 323 times.

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However, Nice Matin have also previously stated that the Arsenal and Chelsea-linked star is not interested in joining the Hammers .

Ronaldo himself has penned a letter to the Madrid fans, thanking them for the time he spent. OK Diario, via the Daily Express, claim that Los Blancos are "closing in on" a deal for PSG star Neymar and want to announce his signing at the same time as Ronaldo's departure, to smooth the news with the club's supporters.

The rumor mill went into overdrive when he hinted that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

I have had fabulous teammates in the dressing room and on the pitch, I have felt the passion of an incredible set of fans and together we have won three consecutive Champions Leagues and four in five years. Ronaldo has been the competition's top scorer for the past six years, having had scored the most goals in a single campaign (17).

Ronaldo won sixteen honours with Real, which included four European Cups three of which have come in the last three seasons. "I came here to win titles", the 24-year-old told reporters. I am here to help the team.

Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

He scored 451 goals for the side in 438 games, and won 17 major trophies in total.

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