Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Juventus confirm €112 million payment for Cristiano Ronaldo


In an open letter issued via the club's official website, www.realmadrid.com, minutes after his impending departure was announced, he wrote: "These years at Real Madrid and in this city of Madrid have been possibly the happiest of my life". It has been an emotional time for me, full of consideration because Real Madrid takes the most out of you but I know very well that I won't be able to ever forget that here I've enjoyed football in a completely unique way.

On the same day, Italian soccer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, was in Madrid to meet Real's president Florentino Perez and discuss a contract extension for his client.

Ronaldo indicated that he might be leaving Real Madrid in May immediately after he led the club to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The 33-year-old five-time World Player of the Year was moved on Tuesday for a fee reported in Italian and Spanish media as $123m.

The signing of the latest Ballon d'Or victor and top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juve, who have had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but have not won Europe's top prize since 1996. It's been a pleasure to play alongside you, bicho. After nine years at the Bernabeu, the Portuguese superstar is Italy-bound, as he will join the seven-time defending Serie A champions.

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"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".

The signing broke the Serie A record, which Juventus set two years ago when it paid Napoli 90 million euros (then $99 million) for Gonzalo Higuain.

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17.

Ronaldo's first game for Juventus could be against his former club. Following Portugal's elimination at the hands of Uruguay on June 30, Ronaldo returned to Spain.

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