The news may shock several football fans, but it is really happening.
After nine seasons with Los Blancos, Ronaldo is joining the Old Lady (Juventus). The 33-year old forward will join Juventus for four seasons with an estimated salary of EUR 30 million.
Ronaldo is among the most expensive footballers in the world.
Confirming his Juventus transfer, the Portuguese forward wrote an emotional farewell addressed to his fans and Real Madrid.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city,” Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans,” said the footballer.
He also expressed his joy over spending a “wonderful years at the club.”
“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thank you to the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all the staff, doctors, physios and incredible people that make everything work.”
Ronaldo concluded his heartfelt message, thanking “everyone.”
“And of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!”
Real Madrid also issued a statement on Ronaldo’s transfer. The statement said that the club agreed to the move “at the request and the will of the forward.”
The club also expressed satisfaction with Ronaldo’s services throughout the nine seasons at and outside the Bernabeu.
“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world.”