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Ronaldo signs for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo GettyCristiano Ronaldo's exit is down to Florentino Perez
Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2018, 02:59

Ronaldo spoke after the Champions League final, hinting at the possibility that he would leave Real Madrid this summer, after eight seasons at the club.

"Real Madrid announces that it has agreed to transfer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus FC due to the will and desire expressed by the player", the European champions said. Few players retire at Real Madrid as a starter, and anyone who has watched Ronaldo long enough will know he isn't the type of character to take a backseat, even as he enters the autumn of his career.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) to meet the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

He issued a statement through Real Madrid calling his time in the Spanish capital as possibly "the happiest years of my life".

The Portuguese stunned onlookers following the Champions League final win over Liverpool as he hinted that his time at the Bernabeu may have run its course. One of those defeats was to Ronaldo's Real Madrid. Becomes the first player to score in three finals.

"Beyond the (titles), the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement". When Deloitte ranked the 10 richest clubs in the world earlier this year, Juventus were only 10th.

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Follow Juventus' stock price in real time here. Hazard could find the lure of Champions League football too great, with Chelsea missing out after finishing fifth last season. Whatever happens, Madrid must replace the goals Ronaldo has scored so consistently.

He most recently lead Portugal to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, where they were beaten by Uruguay.

The 33-year-old, who is Los Blancos' all-time leading goalscorer, has been linked with an astonishing €100 million (R1.57 billion) move to the Serie A giants in recent weeks, and it is believed a deal could be concluded within the next few days.

44 - hat-tricks for Madrid including a club-record 34 in La Liga. They will hope that bringing a player who has lifted the trophy an unprecedented five times will heighten their chances of finally conquering Europe, and at the soonest. Only Iran's Ali Daei with 109 goals has scored more.

61 - his most prolific season for Real came in 2014-15 with 61 goals in all competitions, including 48 in the league.

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