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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus set to sign Real Madrid forward

10 July 2018

"For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come", the club said.

The reigning Ballon d'Or victor is set to end his nine-year spell at Real Madrid with a move to Turin following a rift with club president Florentino Perez over a new contract.

Cristiano Ronaldo's potential arrival at Juventus overshadowed Emre Can's first news conference at the Bianconeri as the new signing was immediately asked about the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Ronaldo won 15 titles with Ramos at Real Madrid.

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Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world record fee of £80 million ($106M) and was given a €1 billion buy-out clause.

Ronaldo enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in Madrid, scoring 451 goals in 438 games for the Spanish giants, making him the all-time leading scorer with the club.

Spanish publication Marca reported last week that the Ronaldo is "moving further" away from the club, and that Real Madrid is obligated to accept a deal.

Juventus are desperate for European success, and Ronaldo's legacy would receive a major boost if he could win domestic silverware in Italy and end the club's barren run in the Champions League. Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions and will face the media on Saturday before being formally presented as a Juventus player. It's simple. I thank Juve, because if after Manchester I continued to win and to run, it was thanks to Juve.

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"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this sport and for this city".

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me".

In an open letter, Ronaldo thanked the Madrid club and its fans for "nine wonderful years." . On an individual basis, with the Real Madrid jersey he has won 4 Golden Balls, 2 The Best FIFA awards, and 3 Golden Boots, among many other awards. But he has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. During this incredible nine years I have played against incredible players.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus set to sign Real Madrid forward