Ronaldo Agrees to Join Juventus
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving to join Italian Serie A side Juventus.
Both clubs announced Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, is leaving Real Madrid after nine years to join Juventus.
The transfer price tag is 100 million Euros ($117 million), which is a Serie A record, and Ronaldo has agreed to a four-year deal, paying him 30 million Euros each year ($35.2 million). This comes as some what of a surprise with the continual success he has had with the Spanish club over nearly a decade.
But there was much speculation about the possibility of him leaving after his exit from the World Cup with Portugal. According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Real Madrid’s President Florentino Perez had disputes over a new contract.
Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer had three years left on his contract with the reigning Champions League winners. Even though the Spanish club was willing to match Juventus’ offer in order to keep the legend, Ronaldo still opted to leave.
“Real Madrid would like to communicate that we have listened to the wish and request expressed by player Cristiano Ronaldo and have agreed to his transfer to Juventus FC,” the Champions League holders said in a statement.
Ronaldo will leave the club after acquiring four Champions League titles in nine years with three of them coming in consecutive years; he also amassed a number of personal of accolades and records in his time in the Spanish League.
He said in a statement through Real Madrid that he thanks the fans and the club for perchance the “happiest years of my life.”
“I feel that the time has come to begin a new stage of my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer,” Ronaldo said in a statement through Real Madrid. “I feel it this way and I am asking everyone, and especially my fans, to please understand me.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 10, 2018
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