Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus from Real Madrid

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports Ronaldo's salary with Juventus will be nearly $40 million a year in the four-year deal.

"These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life". Ronaldo, who joined Real in 2009, has previously complained that his Madrid salary is too low.

The 33-year-old Portugal forward has gone on to become the club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals for Real.

Ronaldo has been the scourge of Juventus in recent years, scoring two goals in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2017 Champions League final and knocking the Turin club out of last year's competition.

Real Madrid confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo would sign for Juventus on Tuesday and also published an open letter from the No 7.

"Thanks to everyone and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!".

"For every player, it would be great to play with Ronaldo, but I don't know if there has been contact with club and player", Can said. This is how I feel and I want to ask everyone, and especially our fans, to please understand me.

It's a huge move that modifies the landscape of European soccer, moving Real Madrid from a top-tier Champions League contender to one with huge question marks up top. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won four Gold Balls and three Gold Boots.

'You have earned a special place in the history of Real Madrid.

Ronaldo was taking time off following Portugal's 2018 World Cup campaign in Russian Federation, which ended in the round of 16 with a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay, after which he can join Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and the rest of the squad for preseason training.

Although supposedly no longer in his peak years as a player, Ronaldo remains in excellent physical condition and there are those who believe he will, like another former United player, Ryan Giggs, continue to play at the highest well into his late 30s.