Real Madrid, Juventus 'finalise Cristiano Ronaldo transfer'

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"Real Madrid announces that it has agreed to transfer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus FC due to the will and desire expressed by the player", Real said.

It's hard to imagine him playing with another team, since Ronaldo has pretty much become synonymous with Real Madrid.

The Los Blancos man is said to be nearing a move to the Bianconeri, while the Serie A champions have also secured the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool on a free transfer.

"For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols and a unique reference point for future generations".

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos saluted Ronaldo's achievements, tweeting: "Cristiano, your goals, your numbers and everything we've won together speak for themselves".

Five time Ballon d'or victor Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid and signed for Juventus.

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The signing of the latest Ballon d'Or victor and top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juve, who have had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but have not won Europe's top prize since 1996. Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions and will face the media on Saturday before being formally presented as a Juventus player.

Ronaldo, 33, joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world record fee of £80million.

Ronaldo leaves Madrid as the club's all-time leading scorer, with 450 goals in 438 games.

And the man himself declared (h/t Sky Sports): "I believe the time has come to open a new stage in my life, and that is why I asked the club to accept the club transfer me". The Portuguese global also picked up two league titles and two Copa Del Ray crowns.

Added to his five gongs, he is the only one who has won FIFA's The Best prize in the last two years, as well as the FIFA World Player of the Year (in England) and three UEFA Best Player awards. "I came here to win titles", the 24-year-old told reporters. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas' record as Europe's all-time leading worldwide scorer.

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