Wed, Jul 11, 8:50am by Head Editor
After nine brilliant years in Spain that included an incredible four Champions League titles, the man widely regarded as one of the world’s best, Cristiano Ronaldo, is leaving Real Madrid, for Italian giants, Juventus.
The move comes as a surprise considering that Ronaldo signed a five-year deal with the La Liga club in 2016, when he also announced that he wanted to end his career at the club.
While the reason for his move will not be known for some time, the 33-year-old did express his displeasure about being booed at times by some Real Madrid fans this season.
The deal has been talked about in the media ever since Ronaldo’s interview on the pitch straight after Real Madrid secured their third consecutive Champions League title.
Ronaldo announced that he would have an answer for the fans regarding his future in the coming days and that a particular player’s future is not important right now, what is important is that the club has just made history.
These comments caught the interviewee off guard and led to several more questions than answers.
These questions were answered on Tuesday, after the Portuguese star and his agent Jorge Mendes met with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli in Greece, where Ronaldo was on holiday, to discuss the final details of the transfer deal.
No financial details were released but Real Madrid said it had reached an agreement with the Serie A Champions after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made a request to leave the club.
The statement from the reigning Champions League winners read “Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proven to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the greatest eras in the history of our club and of world soccer.”
UK newspaper, the Guardian, reported the transfer fee to be $157 million and the four year deal that Ronaldo has signed is worth around $47 million per season.
The man known as “CR7” wrote an open letter to Real Madrid fans “I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city” He finished by saying he’s had nine wonderful years at Madrid and the last line of “Hala Madrid”, which is translated best as “Go Madrid”.
The odds for Real Madrid to defend their Champions League crown are $8.50 and interestingly Juventus are just ahead of them in that market now, at $8. Manchester City are $6 favourites to win the Champions League for the first time, just ahead of Barcelona ($7) and Bayern Munich ($8).
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