Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his €105 million move to Juventus on Tuesday.
The biggest transfer of this summer seems to have already occurred, as Juventus have completed a move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. A return to Manchester United looked to be on the cards when he announced that he was uncertain about his future at last season’s Champions League Final.
But immediately after, the Portuguese captain put transfer talks aside as he looked to win the World Cup in Russia. But things didn’t go according to plans, as the Euro 2016 champions were knocked out by Uruguay in the Round of 16.
Reports suggested that Ronaldo had made a 1.35-million a week wage demand, which didn’t down well with Florentino Perez. Therefore, the Real Madrid president decided to cash in on the 33-year-old rather than offering a new contract.
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Juventus made immediate contact, enquiring about his transfer fee last week. The Bianconeri wasted no time, and locked in the deal at €105 million. Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece, and shall soon travel to Italy for his official presentation at Juventus.
Ronaldo shares a close bond with everyone at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid‘s official website shared his touching message, wherein he thanked everyone at the club.
Cristiano revealed that his time in Madrid consists of some of the happiest moments of his life. He showed his gratitude and thanked everyone at the club for their love and affection.
“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.”
Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009. In his nine seasons with Los Blancos, the Portuguese star went to score 450 goals in 438 appearances across all competitions. He also won every trophy possible with Real, becoming the first player to do it in two different countries. In his letter, Ronaldo promised he will never forget his time at the Spanish capital.
“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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo makes a strong connection with fans wherever he goes, and Real Madrid was no different. In the ending, The 33-year old once again thanked his fans for their support. He didn’t forget to mention the big names he played with at the Bernabeu and acknowledge their contribution to the game.
“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.”
Real Madrid decided to get down with Ronaldo as soon as possible this summer, as they now have ample time to find his replacement. According to reports, Neymar, Eden Hazard, and Kylian Mbappe are the top names linked with Los Blancos at the moment.