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

Real Madrid and Juventus agree £105m transfer deal for Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid and Juventus agree £105m transfer deal for Cristiano Ronaldo

In a long note on Real's site, he said "Real won my heart and I will never stop saying thank you: but I thought long and hard and I know it is time to start a new cycle". I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me. No one's likely to reach the figures Ronaldo posted on a yearly basis and though they have plenty of money to spend, that doesn't guarantee the club will get who they want.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city", Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans.

After sealing his move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid following nine eventful, trophy laden seasons at the aristocrats of Spanish football having established himself as their most influential player since Alfredo Di Stefano. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. "You have my respect and my recognition for all of them".

He would come back to haunt the Bianconeri on the way to glory in last season's competition, too, with a stunning bicycle kick in the first leg and a nerveless added time penalty in the return. I am leaving but I will always feel that this jersey, this badge and the Santiago Bernabéu are mine, no matter where I am.

The forward follows Zinedine Zidane out of the door after three consecutive Champions League triumphs, and he could possibly make his debut later this month when the Serie A giants commence their tour of the United States.

The Portuguese soccer star is moving from Spain's Real Madrid to Italy's Juventus, whose primary sponsor is Jeep.

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To put his prolific strike rate into perspective, Ronaldo toppled Real's previous record top scorer Raul's haul of 323 goals in 308 games, well under half the 741 games the Spanish great needed.

However, details about transfer fees were still unclear with Gazetta citing 120 million euros ($140.5 million) and the Corriere putting the deal at between 130 and 150 million euros.

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Juventus have not yet confirmed the transfer, which was revealed just hours before the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium. Cristiano joined Real Madrid in 2009, after six years with Manchester United.

Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Neymar have all been touted as Ronaldo's potential replacement.

The player's agent Jorge Mendes, however, has suggested that Ronaldo may look for a "new challenge" .

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

The Portugal worldwide scored two goals against Juventus in Real's 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.

Ronaldo's Madrid team-mate Modric, however, does not believe that a transfer will materialise. Becomes the first player to score in three finals.

"Beyond the titles he won during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and constant improvement".

Winning the trophy has been an obsession for them. Gabriel Batistuta was one of the most feared strikers in world football during his 20s, plundering eye-catching goals from every angle for Fiorentina.

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