Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has left Spanish club Real Madrid after nine years, joining Italian club Juventus in a reported 105-million euros (956 crore rupees) four-year deal. The five-time Ballon d’Or-winner scored 451 goals in 438 matches for the Spanish team, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies. He won a total of 16 trophies with Real Madrid. He also became Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer during his tenure. He joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for 80 million euros in 2009.
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Cristiano Ronaldo was bought for 12.24 million euros by Manchester United as an 18-year-old from Portuguese club Sporting CP. After scoring 118 goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid signed him for 80 million euros in 2009. Ronaldo became the first-ever player to win five Champions League titles during his nine-year stint in Spain before Italian side Juventus bought him for 99 million euros.
Please understand my decision: Ronaldo to Real Madrid fans
After signing for Italian football club Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo wrote an open letter to Real Madrid fans, urging them to “understand his decision”. “I believe the time has come to start a new stage in my life… I’m leaving but this shirt, this shield, and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am,” he wrote.
Real Madrid will always be his home: Club on Ronaldo’s transfer
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Real Madrid to Italian side Juventus, the former released a statement saying “Real Madrid will always be his home”. “Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent, and improvement,” the Spanish club said.
We’ll always remember you: Sergio Ramos as Ronaldo leaves
After Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos took to Twitter to wish luck to five-time Ballon d’Or winner. “You have earned a special place in the history of @RealMadrid. As Madridistas we’ll remember you always,” he wrote. Notably, Ronaldo won four Champions League and two La Liga titles with the club.
Juventus online shop crashes after Ronaldo shirts put on sale
Juventus online store crashed just after the Italian football club put on sale jerseys bearing the name and jersey number (7) of their new signing Cristiano Ronaldo. Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado gave up his jersey number seven for Ronaldo.
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