Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that it has sold its star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus FC following the player's own request to do so.

In an open letter of thanks published on Real Madrid's website, Ronaldo showed his gratitude for the support from Real Madrid's fans over the years. He also won the Champions League four times, three FIFA Club World Cups and two La Liga titles, as well as the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup twice apiece.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for the fans and for the city".

"Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you".

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After news of Ronaldo's move, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook bumped Juventus from 12-1 to 7-1 odds to win the Champions League next season, while Real Madrid moved from 6-1 to 7-1.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo's time in Spain is over.

Their patience wore even thinner when he hogged the narrative after Real had beaten Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev by saying "it was handsome to play for Real Madrid" and re-aired his dissatisfaction with the club.

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The Italian club reportedly will pay Real Madrid around €100 million (£88.3 million/$116.5 million) to sign Ronaldo and will pay him €30 million (£26.5 million/$35 million) per season. "For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the next generations".

Ronaldo's future has been a big source of speculation this summer and it appears that the 33-year-old is set to leave Real Madrid after nine years in the Spanish capital.

Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo became just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

Ronaldo led Portugal to its first major title at the European Championship two years ago in France.

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Ronaldo is the only player in the Champions League history to have scored in 11 consecutive games (17 goals). He joins a Juventus side who have won seven back to back Serie A titles, but who have not won the Champions League since 1996.

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