Real Madrid have released an official statement confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Serie A Champions Juventus.
The 13 time European Champions announced that the transfer was at the request of the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar, and thanked him for his sensational list of achievements since moving to the Spanish capital from Manchester United in 2009.
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The full statement from Real Madrid reads as follows:
“Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC.
“Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.
“Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.
“He has also become the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games. In total 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, 3 of them consecutive and 4 in the last 5 seasons. On an individual basis, with the Real Madrid jersey he has won 4 Gold Balls, 2 The Best, and 3 Gold Boots, among many other awards.
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations.
More details of the exact transfer fee, length of contract and even who Real will target to replace their all-time leading goal scorer will begin to emerge soon.