Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal to join Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal to join Juventus

After weeks of speculation, Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in Italy, the Spanish club announced Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Juventus from Real Madrid.

In Ronaldo's nine years at Real, the player scored 451 goals in 438 games, helping the club to four Champions League titles, three of them consecutively in the last three seasons.

An official announcement is expected regarding the 33-year-old's switch in a matter of hours as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor ends a nine-year stay at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid is the reigning Champions League victor, while Ronaldo is the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.

It's hard to imagine him playing with another team, since Ronaldo has pretty much become synonymous with Real Madrid. "My only feeling is of an enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city".

"I thank Juve, because if after Manchester I continued to win and to run, it was thanks to Juve".

However, I feel that the time has come to begin a new stage of my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. The Italian club reportedly will pay Real Madrid around €100 million (£88.3 million/$116.5 million) to sign Ronaldo and will pay him €30 million (£26.5 million/$35 million) per season.

Spanish news outlet La Sexta reported earlier that a deal for Ronaldo is now nearly done, and Sky News said that Juventus' president, Andrea Agnelli, has flown to the Greek island of Kalamata - where Ronaldo is on holiday - to hold talks with the star.

Juve president Andrea Agnelli reportedly met up with Ronaldo in Greece on Tuesday morning, where he is now unwinding following his World Cup exertions, and the formalities were completed.

Ronaldo spent nine years in Spain, winning four Champions League titles and four Ballon d'Or trophies.

@michalroman185 then chose to direct a tweet to United's official Twitter account, saying: "Thought Ronaldo was coming home @ManUtd".

"I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle". "The shirt, the club badge and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel like mine". He helped the Portuguese team reach the semifinals in his first World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas' record as Europe's all-time leading global scorer.

He most recently lead Portugal to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, where they were beaten by Uruguay.

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