Real's Ronaldo switches to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer Real Madrid ace'speaks to Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri

Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy's Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come "for a new stage" in his life.

Madrid made it absolutely clear in their statement of the sale that it was Ronaldo's decision to leave-not theirs to sell.

I have had fabulous teammates in the dressing room and on the pitch, I have felt the passion of an incredible set of fans and together we have won three consecutive Champions Leagues and four in five years.

For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the greatest symbols and a unique reference for generations to come. I'm leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabéu will continue to always feel as my home wherever I am.

"In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination", Madrid added.

The forward has also cemented his place as Madrid's all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 games.

These years at Real Madrid and in this city of Real Madrid have quite possibly be the happiest years of my life.

In a letter posted on Real's website, the multiple Ballon d'Or victor said his time in Madrid had been one of the happiest in his life.

The signing of the latest Ballon d'Or victor and top scorer in the UCL for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juventus, which has had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but has not won Europe's top prize since 1996. He has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns during his time with the club.

Los Blancos are reported as having accepted an offer for their star ahead of what could be one of football's greatest coups - even at the player's age - and he is expected to arrive in Turin very soon.

He was the first player to score 100 Champions League goals and topped the competition's scoring charts six times. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ronaldo's Juventus debut could come in the MLS All-Star Game on August 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You've earned yourself a prominent place in the history of Real Madrid.

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