Real Madrid have released a statement confirming Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Serie A side Juventus.
The 33-year old had been linked with a move to Turin with reports earlier today suggesting that the two sides had agreed on a £105 million deal for the Portuguese captain.
The European Champions released a statement in Spanish thanking Ronaldo and saying that Madrid would always be his home.
Here is a full version of the translated statement;
Real Madrid C. F. communicates that, according to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, has agreed to his transfer to Juventus F. C.
Today Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the most brilliant times in the history of our club and world football.
Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.
He has also become the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games. In total 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, 3 of them consecutive and 4 in the last 5 seasons. On an individual basis, with the Real Madrid jersey he has won 4 Gold Balls, 2 The Best, and 3 Gold Boots, among many other awards.
For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations.
Real Madrid will always be your home.
Sky Sports had reported earlier that the deal would be announced later in the day while Ronaldo and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli had met in Greece to discuss a move for Portuguese captain to the Serie A.
Gazzetta Dello Sport had first reported that Agnelli was making a trip from Italy to Greece on a private jet, with ESPN saying that a source confirmed to them that it was indeed with the intent of finalising a deal for Ronaldo.
The Italian publication also reported that Ronaldo and Juventus head coach Max Allegri had spoken on the phone last Friday.
Ronaldo’s move now means that Real Madrid will be looking towards someone to replace the mercurial striker, with the likes of Harry Kane and Eden Hazard two names that the Spanish giants could look to.