Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer: Juventus To Sign Real Madrid Superstar

Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer: Juventus To Sign Real Madrid Superstar

"I have had nine absolutely wonderful years at the club". They have been nine unique years.

After news of Ronaldo's move, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook bumped Juventus from 12-1 to 7-1 odds to win the Champions League next season, while Real Madrid moved from 6-1 to 7-1. In total, he won 16 titles, including four Champions Leagues, three of which came in consecutive seasons and four in the last five years. The 29-year-old is renowned for his goalscoring prowess and has won the Bundesliga golden boot three times since 2013. All this during my time at this extraordinary club.

Ronaldo wrote an open thank you letter to Real Madrid supporters that was published on the club's website.

He will also be hoping to take the lead later this year in his personal race with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for most Ballon d'Or awards, although fans will now have fewer on-field battles between the two to enjoy.

"It would be great to play with him, but I do not know if there are contacts for the transfer", the midfielder told the press (via Record). My respect and my recognition for all of them.

"I gave a lot of thought to this and I know that the time has come for a new era", Ronaldo said. I'm leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabeu but they will continue to always feel part of me wherever I am.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor has been Real for nine seasons after joining from Manchester United for a then world-record fee of £80m.

"For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the great symbols", said a club statement. He later played down the comment, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered, especially after he had also threatened to leave the previous year.

Who next for Real Madrid?

The 19-year-old scored 33 goals in 48 games for the French champions last season and became the first teenager to score a brace in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958.

However, details about transfer fees were still unclear with Gazetta citing 120 million euros ($140.5 million) and the Corriere putting the deal at between 130 and 150 million euros. The JOE World Cup Minipod semi-final preview hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna is here.

Signed for 80 million pounds ($106.16 million) from Manchester United in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo was the world's most expensive signing at the time.

Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Neymar have all been touted as Ronaldo's potential replacement. One is buying a short-term option like Robert Lewandwoski, whose record at bayern Munich suggests he should be able to make a good portion of Ronaldo's goals.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) to meet the five-time Ballon d'Or victor. They are calling it the deal of the century in Italy.

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