Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Juventus after Real Madrid agreed to grant him permission to leave, the club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
The statement released by the club read:
‘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 brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’
Ronaldo won four Champions League titles during his nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.
‘Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement,’ the statement added.
‘CR7’ thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.
He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’
The Ballon D’or holder will reportedly earn £500,000 a week in a four-year deal.