Ronaldo set to join Juventus in mega money move from Real Madrid
Real Madrid have agreed a deal that will see Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club for Juventus.
Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record £80million, is the Spanish club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
He will move to Turin in a transfer deal understood to be around £88m.
"Real Madrid communicate that, adhering to the expressed wishes of the player Cristiano Ronaldo, it has agreed his transfer to Juventus," said a Real Madrid statement.
"Today Real Madrid would like to express its thanks to a player that has shown himself to be the best in the world and who has led one of the most brilliant eras in the history of our club and world football.
"Beyond the titles won, the trophies and the triumphs on the field of play in these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of hard work, responsibility, talent and achievement.
"He has become beyond that the greatest goalscorer in the history of Real Madrid with 451 goals in 438 games. In total 16 titles, among them four European Cups, three of those consecutive and four in the last five seasons.
"For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the great idols and an example for future generations. Real Madrid will always be his home."
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