Friday, 20 July, 2018

Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

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Rita Gibson | 10 July, 2018, 23:14

FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Champions League in Kiev, Ukraine - May 26, 2018.

Widespread reports now suggest that Madrid and Juve have agreed on a price, which is in excess of £100m - more than the £88m that had been widely reported over the weekend.

Real are keen on reshaping their team under new manager Julen Lopetegui and the 33-time La Liga winners have also been linked with a move for Paris St-Germain's 26-year-old Brazil forward Neymar. "I'm leaving but this shirt, this crest and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am".

Juventus announced that Ronaldo has signed a four-year, $382 million contract until the end of June 2022, and that the transfer is valued at $117 million which will be paid over two years.

"Today Real Madrid wants to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football", the club said in a statement.

His former Real Madrid teammates Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos wished Ronaldo the best of luck in his next chapter.

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New Juventus signing Emre Can was asked about the possibility of playing with the five time World Player of the Year during his presentation to the Turin club on Monday. Chelsea winger Eden Hazard-set to play for Belgium in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday-has been added to Real Madrid's list of potential replacements, AS reported Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially out at Real Madrid and has transferred to Italian club Juventus.

"Beyond all the trophies and matches he won on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been a role model in commitment, hard work, responsibility, talent and a desire to always exceed himself".

Juventus confirmed later on Tuesday evening that they have committed a figure of €100m, payable to Madrid over two years, to the deal, while there is also €12m in add-ons as well as a solidarity fee which is owed, as per Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations, to clubs which contributed to the development of Ronaldo.

"I came to win titles, the first goal is the championship, but then the Champions League is here".

He scored 451 goals for the side in 438 games, and won 17 major trophies in total.

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