Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.
It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.
Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.
It 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.’
‘Beyond the titles won, the trophies collected and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’
Ronaldo 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.’
An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.
The club confirmed that they will pay £88m (€100m) to the Spanish giants, with a further payment of £10m is believed to be going to his first club Sporting Lisbon.
‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Futbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.
‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’
Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.
He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.
‘Real Madrid will always be his home.’