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Cristiano Ronaldo Leaving Real Madrid and Joining Juventus

11 July 2018

After the move was confirmed, Ronaldo penned a heartfelt letter to Madrid fans.

Ronaldo, a five-time victor of the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the world's best player, scored a team-record 451 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid since 2009 and helped lead the La Liga powerhouse to four Champions League titles over the past five seasons to go along with two league championships and two Copa Del Rey titles.

Five time Ballon d'or victor Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid and signed for Juventus.

Speaking after his unveiling at Sassuolo on Friday, Boateng stated that the arrival of the five-time UEFA Champions League victor will add much more value to the league.

Ronaldo, though, helped Real re-establish their status as the most feared club on the continent, ending their 12-year wait for the Champions League by winning it in 2014 and then leading their remarkable run to three successive triumphs, taking their European Cup count from nine to 13. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.

Former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid in Madrid on April 18, 2017.

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Ronaldo's complaints, said to be centred around Real's reluctance to hand him a pay rise and a perceived lack of support for him in his legal battle against the Spanish tax authorities, got little sympathy among fans or the Spanish media, however.

Juventus begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Bayern Munich on July 25 in Philadelphia, while Ronaldo could make his competitive debut for the club the following month, with Serie A to announce its fixtures for the upcoming season on July 20.

And should Ronaldo do four years in Turin, he will be 37 by the time this contract expires.

And despite Ronaldo's Madrid deal having an official release clause of €1 billion, they were willing to accept an offer worth 10 percent of that sum in order to free up space and capital to replenish their successful but ageing squad under new coach Julen Lopetegui. "It has been nice playing for Real Madrid".

Juventus will play four preseason games in the United States this summer - including the MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta on August 1 and an International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid in Washington on August 4.

Although Portugal got knocked out of World Cup 2018 earlier than many expected, he led his country to victory at Euro 2016 despite getting injured in the final.

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out Tuesday to meet the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

"They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years".

"Real Madrid will always be his home".

Countless records were broken by the Madeira-born star since joining from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, becoming Madrid's all-time top scorer in October 2015 when he netted his 324th goal in the 3-0 win over Levante in La Liga.

Ronaldo is the only player in the Champions League history to have scored in 11 consecutive games (17 goals).

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Cristiano Ronaldo Leaving Real Madrid and Joining Juventus