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Buffon: Why Ronaldo To Juventus Makes Me Happy

11 July 2018

"Real Madrid would like to communicate that we have listened to the wish and request expressed by player Cristiano Ronaldo and have agreed to his transfer to Juventus FC", the Champions League holders said in a statement.

Ronaldo penned an open letter to Madrid fans this evening, in which he described his laurel-laden time at Madrid as "possibly the happiest of my life".

Ronaldo "will always be one of the great symbols for Real and a unique reference for the next generations: Real will always be his home".

"I can only give enormous thanks to this club, these fans and this city".

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The Club expressed their gratitude and said he had showed to be the world's best player and "marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football".

Ronaldo scored a remarkable 450 goals in 438 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, winning four Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles in nine seasons with the Spanish giants.

In a stunning move that first emerged as a possibility just a week ago and immediately sent shockwaves through soccer, the Portuguese forward committed his immediate future to Juve, victor of the past seven Italian league titles. 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.

Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Neymar have all been touted as Ronaldo's potential replacement.

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was at Ronaldo's hotel in Greece on Tuesday as discussions continued over the move. They believe he is the difference and the player who could achieve the Champions League with Juventus for the first time in 23 years.

But he hinted his time at the Santiago Bernabeu could be up immediately after the last Champions League success and Juventus captured his signature.

The Portuguese soccer star is moving from Spain's Real Madrid to Italy's Juventus, whose primary sponsor is Jeep.

Among Ronaldo's goals against Juve last season was a spectacular overhead kick in the first leg which even drew cheers from the Bianconeri faithful. 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.

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17 - his record goal tally for a Champions League season, in 2013-14.

Buffon: Why Ronaldo To Juventus Makes Me Happy