'Real Madrid will always be Ronaldo's home': Club statement

Cristiano Ronaldo

The 33-year-old's stunning €100m transfer to Juventus was made official on Tuesday but before leaving Madrid, he took the time to say goodbye to the club at which he enjoyed some of the greatest years of his career.

He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Bernabeu. "My only feeling is of an enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city". I can only thank them all for the love and affection I have received.

But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me.

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me".

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Juventus, the Spanish club have confirmed.

Gazzetta dello Sport also reports that Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri and Ronaldo spoke on the phone last Friday.

Juventus have been dominating the Italian top flight for several years now, yet the Champions League continues to elude them.

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

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Spanish news outlet La Sexta reported earlier that a deal for Ronaldo is now nearly done, and Sky News said that Juventus' president, Andrea Agnelli, has flown to the Greek island of Kalamata - where Ronaldo is on holiday - to hold talks with the star.

The statement added: "Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially out at Real Madrid and has transferred to Italian club Juventus.

Despite his remarkable consistency, Ronaldo often appeared unsettled at Real and had threatened to leave on several occasions, first airing his dissatisfaction with the club's hierarchy in 2012 by saying in a post-game interview: "I'm sad and the club know why".

This makes Juventus one of the favorites to win the Champions League next season, combining Ronaldo with Paulo Dyala and Gonzalo Higuain up.

Cristiano Ronaldo's time in Spain is over.

The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the a year ago after Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona last August. In total, [Ronaldo won] 16 titles, including 4 European Cups, three of them consecutively and four in the last five seasons. I am here to help the team.

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