Thursday, 15 November 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus for £88.3m

LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Juventus after the Italian club agreed on a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid.

The 33-year-old looks all set to take on the Italian league after nine years at Real Madrid and the player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli in Greece on Tuesday to discuss the final details of the deal.

Ronaldo is signing a four-year deal with an annual salary of around €30m. Real Madrid released a statement on Tuesday saying that they had agreed to the transfer “at the will and the request of the player.”

“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who proved to be the best in the world and made this one of the most brilliant times in the history of our club,” the statement added.

“Beyond the titles he won during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and constant improvement.”

He won four Champions League titles at Madrid and two league championships as well as two Spanish Cups and three Fifa Club World Cups. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 after six years at Manchester United. He also became the top scorer in Madrid’s history with 451 goals in 438 games.

Ronaldo has won four Ballon d’Ors and three Golden Boots. Madrid finished their statement by saying, “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our greatest symbols and a unique reference for our next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home.”

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