Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid to sign with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo

GETTYCristiano Ronaldo's Portugal were eliminated by Uruguay at the World Cup

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid to join Serie A champion Juventus, Real Madrid announced on Tuesday.

Rumors swirled the last few weeks that Ronaldo was on his way out of Real Madrid, and those were confirmed on Tuesday with the announcement he would be joining Juventus. He also helped the team win 16 titles, including four European Cups, three of which were consecutive, and four in the last five seasons.

"It would make me happy because it is what the Juventus world needs, to find new idols and adore them".

"However, I think it is time to open a new stage in my life and why I have asked the club to accept transfer".

Ronaldo was Real Madrid's top all-time goal scorer, with 451 goals since moving there in 2009.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus for 105 million euros.

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. That's the way I feel, and I ask everyone, most especially our followers, to please understand me.

Cristiano Ronaldo's short-lived will-they-won't-they saga with Juventus had football fans all around the world on tenterhooks, eagerly checking their twitter feeds for updates.

"Real Madrid will always be your home".

Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the best football players of all time, and his billing as such comes with great popularity. It has been for me an exiting, full of consideration although hard time because Real Madrid is a very high demand, but I know that I cannot ever forget that behold Football enjoyed in a unique way.

He will also be hoping to take the lead later this year in his personal race with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for most Ballon d'Or awards, although fans will now have fewer on-field battles between the two to enjoy.

"I have reflected a lot and I know it is time for a new cycle". I am leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabeu I will continue to feel as something that is mine wherever I go.

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