Real Madrid FC has announced the transfer of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian club, Juventus.
Although details of the transfer was not disclosed, the Spanish giants confirmed in a statement on the club’s official website that the player has allowed the player to complete the move.
Ronaldo on his part had issued a farewell note appreciating the club and its fans for the height attained during his stay at the club. “Real Madrid have captured my heart and those of my family members and for that reason, now more than ever, I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the president, the club’s directors, my teammates, all of the coaching staff, the doctors, physios and the incredible staff who ensure that everything works as it should and tirelessly take care of every single detail.”
“I want to once again give infinite thanks to our fans and also to Spanish football. Over the course of these exciting nine years, I’ve come up against some outstanding players. I have respect and recognition for all of them.”
“I’ve given things a great deal of consideration and know that it’s time to embark on a new chapter. Despite me now leaving the club and regardless of where I am, I’ll forever continue to feel an allegiance towards this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabéu.”
Apart from the titles he has lifted, the honours secured and the on-field achievements during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been a role model in terms of commitment, hard work, responsibility, talent and self-improvement.
He became Real Madrid’s leading all-time goalscorer, having scored 451 goals in his 438 appearances. In total, he won 16 pieces of silverware, including four European Cup crowns, three of which came in successive years, with these four continental triumphs coming in the past five seasons. In terms of individual honours, as a Real Madrid player, he won the Ballon d’Or on four occasions, The Best award twice and claimed the Golden Shoe three times, amongst many other accolades.