Cristiano Ronaldo pens farewell letter to Real Madrid fans

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In accordance with the request expressed by Cristiano Ronaldo, the club has agreed to a transfer deal with Juventus.

It brings to an end a long list of eye-watering statistics from his nine-year stint in the Spanish capital.

Upon confirmation of the move, Ronaldo declared his gratitude for nine "wonderful" years with Real while further clarifying his motives behind leaving the club.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this fan base and for this city".

"It would make me happy because it is what the Juventus world needs, to find new idols and adore them". That's the way I feel, and I ask everyone, most especially our followers, to please understand me.

The Bianconeri can feel emboldened about their chances of winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996 with Real's all-time leading goalscorer officially on the books. Ronaldo, along with several other top players in the country, has been accused of tax fraud, with authorities saying the government was defrauded of 14.7 million euros ($17 million) from 2011-14. These have been nine unique years.

Ronaldo won 15 titles with Ramos at Real Madrid. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out Tuesday to meet the 33-year-old forward.

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"Beyond the titles conquered, 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". The madridists will always remember you.

Portugal's Last 16 defeat to Uruguay was Cristiano Ronaldo's 38th game in World Cups/European Championships - no player has played in more across the two competitions (level with Bastia Schweinsteiger).

No doubt the messages of goodwill and well-wishes will pour in over the coming hours and days from team mates and colleagues past and present, as Cristiano prepares to take on a new challenge in Italy while approaching the twilight years of his career.

"I thought a lot" and "I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept my transfer", CR7 said in a letter published by the club.

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17.

Ronaldo's transfer breaks Juventus' previous record, breaking the £75.3m they paid for Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli in 2016.

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