Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his sensational transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in a club record deal for the Italian giants.
The Portuguese has joined the Serie A champions in a €105 million transfer after agreeing to a four-year deal worth €30 million a season, becoming both Juventus’ record signing as well as Real’s most expensive sale in the process.
He leaves Los Blancos after nine years, having scored 450 goals and assisted another 131 strikes in 438 games for the club. In addition, he also lifted 16 of his overall 28 trophies with Real.
The 33-year-old reportedly grew unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu after club president Florentino Perez broke his promise about offering him a new contract.
Ronaldo and his entourage are believed to have agreed with Real to lower his €1 billion release clause to €105 million, and the Bianconeri have now paid as much to the Spanish giants.
Leaving behind Real Madrid, the winger went on to claim that his mind was made up some time ago despite his former club holding out hope until the last moment that he would reject the Old Lady.
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“My colleagues and friends told me it was a club where I could play. It wasn’t difficult.
“This is an important step in my career because it is a great club, with a great president, and great supporters.
“I think about today and not about the future. I like challenges, as I have done throughout my career, which has been a real dream.
“I could not think of winning what I have won. I have new challenges and I am sure everything will be fine, as it has been in the past.”
“I don’t think they’re crying,” he stated. “My time at Real Madrid was brilliant.
“This is a new stage in my life and that one is over. I am very happy, motivated and focused, and I want to show the Italians that I am a top player.
“I’m going to prepare well. I have nothing to prove to anyone. I like challenges and I don’t like to be comfortable.
“I’ve made history at Manchester United and Real Madrid and I want to do it here. Luck is sought and I am sure things will turn out well.”
And even though he didn’t get to say a proper goodbye to Los Blancos supporters, Ronaldo is happy with how things have panned out and also confirmed his international future.
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