Real Madrid con­firm de­ci­sion to sell Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to Ju­ven­tus

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By Dave Red­shaw Real Madrid have con­firmed that Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is to join Ju­ven­tus for a fee in the re­gion of €105m, with the move coming at the ‘will of the player’. Madrid granted the Por­tuguese su­per­star per­mis­sion to leave the San­ti­ago Bern­abéu af­ter he met Juve club pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli ear­lier this week in a ho­tel in Greece, where he is cur­rently on hol­i­day with his girl­friend and fam­ily. Re­ports agree it is the most ex­pen­sive pur­chase in Ital­ian foot­ball his­tory and Ron­aldo de­parts af­ter nine years, hav­ing made 438 ap­pear­ances for Los Blan­cos, scor­ing 451 goals and win­ning La Liga twice, in 2011-12 and 2016-17, and the Cham­pi­ons League four times in 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“Real Madrid wishes to com­mu­ni­cate that, in re­sponse to the will and re­quest ex­pressed by Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, he has agreed a trans­fer to Ju­ven­tus,” read a state­ment on Madrid’s of­fi­cial web­site. “To­day, Madrid wants to show its grat­i­tude to the player, who has proved to be the best in the world and marked one of the bright­est times in the his­tory of our club and world foot­ball. Be­yond the ti­tles won, the tro­phies achieved and the tri­umphs on the pitch dur­ing these nine years, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo has been an ex­am­ple of ded­i­ca­tion and hard work, re­spon­si­bil­ity, tal­ent and im­prove­ment. He has also be­come the top scorer in the club’s his­tory.

“On an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis, with the Real Madrid shirt he has won four Bal­lon d’Ors, two FIFA The Best awards and three Golden Boots, among many other things. For this club Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will al­ways be one of the great sym­bols and a unique ref­er­ence for the next gen­er­a­tion. Madrid will al­ways be your home. “

Ron­aldo, who also claimed three Premier League ti­tles and the 2008 Cham­pi­ons League dur­ing his time in Eng­land with Manch­ester United, will re­port­edly earn a stag­ger­ing €30m-a-sea­son with the Serie A giants, which Ju­ven­tus are ex­pected to pay for in part with lu­cra­tive new spon­sor­ship deals Ron­aldo: Madrid my hap­pi­est time Cris­tiano Ron­aldo says he will look back on his time at Real Madrid as the hap­pi­est years of his life. “These years with the club, and in the city of Madrid, have been pos­si­bly the hap­pi­est of my life,” wrote Ron­aldo in an open let­ter to fans on Madrid’s web­site. “I only have feel­ings of enor­mous grat­i­tude to­wards the club, for these fans and this city. I can only thank them all for the love and af­fec­tion shown. How­ever, I be­lieve the time has now ar­rived where I want to open a new stage in my life, and that is why I have asked the club to ac­cept my trans­fer re­quest. That’s the way I feel and it’s why I ask every­one, es­pe­cially our fans, to please un­der­stand. They have been ab­so­lutely won­der­ful for nine years. It has been an ex­cit­ing time, full of con­sid­er­a­tion but also very hard as Real Madrid is very de­mand­ing, but I know I will never for­get that I’ve en­joyed my foot­ball here in a unique way.

“I have had fan­tas­tic team­mates, both on the pitch and in the dress­ing room, and have felt the warmth of an in­cred­i­ble crowd. To­gether we have won three Cham­pi­ons Leagues in a row, and four in five years. With them, as well, on an in­di­vid­ual level I have the sat­is­fac­tion of hav­ing won many awards, all dur­ing my time at this ex­tra­or­di­nary club, which has con­quered mine and my fam­ily’s heart. That is why, more than ever, I want to thank the club, the pres­i­dent, the di­rec­tors, my team­mates, the coaches, doc­tors, phys­ios and in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who make ev­ery­thing work and at­tend to every de­tail tire­lessly.

“Thank you again to our sup­port­ers and also thank you to Span­ish foot­ball. I’ve had great play­ers along­side me, so re­spect and recog­ni­tion to all of them. I’ve re­flected a lot and know it’s time for a new era. I’m leav­ing but this shirt, this badge and the Bern­abéu will con­tinue to feel my own wher­ever I am. Thanks to every­one and, of course, as I said that first time in our sta­dium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!” Ramos hails Ron­aldo Real Madrid cap­tain Ser­gio Ramos as well as other play­ers paid tribute to Ron­aldo af­ter the con­fir­ma­tion of his de­par­ture was an­nounced. “Your goals, your num­bers and ev­ery­thing we won to­gether speak for them­selves,” tweeted de­fender Ramos, along­side a pic­ture of the pair cel­e­brat­ing. “You have earned a spe­cial place in the his­tory of Real Madrid. As Madridis­tas we will re­mem­ber you al­ways. It’s been a plea­sure to play along­side you. Big hug and good luck! “

Gareth Bale also showed his re­spect via In­sta­gram. “An in­cred­i­ble player and a top guy! It has been a plea­sure to play along­side you for the last five years. Good luck for the fu­ture my friend.” Mid­fielder Marco Asen­sio joined in the praise by say­ing Ron­aldo had been an ex­am­ple for him to fol­low. “It has been a plea­sure to play by your side and you have been an ex­am­ple in every way. I wish you good luck in your new stage,” tweeted Asen­sio. En­rique ap­pointed

La Roja boss Spain have cho­sen for­mer Barcelona boss Luis En­rique to be­come their next coach fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Fer­nando Hi­erro. En­rique, who has also been in charge at Celta Vigo and Roma, will we the per­ma­nent La Roja coach for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign for the 2020 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships. The Span­ish FA has also con­firmed that for­mer Vil­lar­real boss José Fran­cisco Molina has been ap­pointed as their new sport­ing di­rec­tor fol­low­ing Hi­erro’s exit. For­mer Real Madrid cap­tain Hi­erro left the role ahead of the World Cup to step in for axed coach Julen Lopetegui, but his coun­try’s exit at the last 16 stage had left both po­si­tions va­cant. Sev­eral other can­di­dates had also been men­tioned as coach of the na­tional team in­clud­ing Quiqué Sánchez Flores, Paco Jémez, Pepe Mel, Michel and Roberto Martínez.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo poses with Real Madrid pres­i­dent Florentino Pérez fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of his move to Ju­ven­tus

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Ju­ven­tus last sea­son

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