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Legendary striker Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid for Juventus

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Cassandra Castillo | 10 July, 2018, 23:15

A while after Real Madrid issued a statement confirming Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus FC, their official website posted a farewell letter from the Portugal captain addressed to his fans, saying that the nine years he spent at the Spanish club were possibly the happiest of his life.

Ronaldo will sign a four-year deal that includes a yearly salary of around €30m ($35 million), according to The Guardian.

Allegri has won four straight Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles in as many years since replacing Antonio Conte as Juve coach, although he has yet to get his hands on the Champions League - a trophy the Italian club last won in 1996.

"Today Real Madrid would like to thank a player who has shown that he is the best in the world and has defined one of the best eras in the history of our club and of world football".

For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the greatest symbols and a unique reference for generations to come.

Real Madrid has won my heart and that of my family and it is because of that, now more than ever, I would like to say thank you.

Madrid have accepted a €105 million (£92.7m) offer from the Serie A champions, while Ronaldo has agreed a contract worth €30m (£26.4m) per season with the Italian club.

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Cristiano joined Real Madrid in 2009, after six years with Manchester United.

Talks have been ongoing between Juventus, Madrid and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes in the last few days.

Real Madrid announced the move Tuesday.

Real are keen on reshaping their team under new manager Julen Lopetegui and the 33-time La Liga winners have also been linked with a move for Paris St-Germain's 26-year-old Brazil forward Neymar.

"However, I think that the moment has arrived to start a new chapter in my life and therefore I have asked the club to accept letting me leave".

He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi. Ronaldo scored four goals in his four games at the tournament. Whatever happens, Madrid must replace the goals Ronaldo has scored so consistently.

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