Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid For Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving his long-time club Real Madrid for thirteen-time Italian league champion Juventus, Real Madrid confirmed.
Juventus paid 112 million euros for the player, according to the BBC. Ronaldo has played for Real Madrid since 2009, bringing them two Spanish league titles and four Champions League titles. He will be joining an Italian club that has won the past seven Italian league titles and made the Champions League final in 2017, losing to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team.
Ronaldo has had his future in doubt as of late because of his tax fraud case with the Spanish government, and had a falling out with the Real Madrid president last year. Ronaldo met with officials from Real Madrid late last week, and told them of his intentions of wanting to sign with Juventus, Sky Sports reports. Real Madrid made their intentions heard as well in the meeting, and now they have gone their separate ways.
Real Madrid released a statement complimenting what Ronaldo has done for their club: “Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.”
The club called him “one of the great symbols” and said “Real Madrid will always be your home.”
Ronaldo released a response of his own in a heartfelt open letter to the Real Madrid fans. He said, “I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.
“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
He ended his letter, “Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years ago: Hala Madrid!”