Real Madrid have confirmed on their official website that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club to sign with Serie A champions Juventus.
After nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Portuguese winger has expressed his desire to leave and his wish has been granted with Turin his next destination.
In a statement released by the club, they said; “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.”
The news however still does come as a surprise to lots of people, with many believing his request was just a ploy to earn a bigger wage or if he did leave, Manchester United to be his next club rather than Juventus.