Ronaldo to Juventus: Real Madrid's leading scorer explains need for 'new cycle'

Cristiano Ronaldo bids farewell to Real Madrid

Real Madrid confirmed in a statement that they have agreed Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus following the expressed wishes of the player.

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".

The time has come to start a new chapter in my life and for this I've asked the club to let me go. "I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to understand that." he added. When Juventus met Real Madrid in the 2017 UEFEA Champions League final, then-Juventus fullback Dani Alves revealed that club chairman Andrea Agnelli promised all of the players that he'd give them Ferraris (another brand controlled by the family) if they won.

The 33-year-old would be a massive signing for Juventus, as Max Allegri looks to claim a Champions League trophy that has so far alluded him in his career. On an indifvidual level, as a Real Madrid player he has also won four Ballon d'Ors, two The Bests and three Golden Boots, among a host of other gongs.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's time in Spain is over. One is buying a short-term option like Robert Lewandwoski, whose record at bayern Munich suggests he should be able to make a good portion of Ronaldo's goals. It has been a exciting time for, full of success and difficulties as there is a lot of pressure to succeed at Real Madrid, but I know that I will never forget how much I have enjoyed football here.

But he hinted his time at the Santiago Bernabeu could be up immediately after the last Champions League success and Juventus captured his signature. Hazard could find the lure of Champions League football too great, with Chelsea missing out after finishing fifth last season. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas' record as Europe's all-time leading worldwide scorer. Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, now at Manchester United, was also investigated.

105 - total Champions League goals for the club, which also included 16 in 2015-16 and 15 in the most recent campaign.

Follow Juventus' stock price in real time here. They will hope that bringing a player who has lifted the trophy an unprecedented five times will heighten their chances of finally conquering Europe, and at the soonest.

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