- Ronaldo penned an emotional letter explaining his reason for exiting Los Blancos
- The Portuguese superstar said it was the right time to move on after 9 successful years
- Real Madrid have agreed a fee of around £105m for the forward
Five-time Ballon D'or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on why he decided to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid with Italian Champions Juventus his confirmed destination.
Latest reports indicate the two clubs have agreed a deal in the region of £105m for the superstar to bring an end to his 9-year stay at the Bernabeu.
In what will arguably be the most high-profile transfer in Europe this summer, Cristiano is set to become the Italian giant’s record signing.
He has had the most successful stint of his career at Real Madrid, winning four Champions league titles and a similar number of Ballon D'ors.
Despite all the success, Ronaldo has always had a strained relationship with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez which has seen him linked with clubs after the conclusion of each of his nine seasons with Real.
In a statement, Cristiano divulged on the factors that played part in his decision to move away from the Spanish Champions.
According to Ronaldo, he felt the need to “start a new stage in his life” while urging Real Madrid to accept his move to Juventus.
Here is part of his statement according to UK Mirror.
"These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.
"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.
"However, I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.
"They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
"I have had fabulous teammates in the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won 3 Champions in a row and 4 Champions in 5 years. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won 4 Gold Balls and 3 Gold Boots. All during my time in this immense and extraordinary club.
"Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
"Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition for all of them.
"I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle. I'm leaving but this shirt, this shield and the Santiago Bernabéu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.
"Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years ago: Hala Madrid.'' Ronaldo explained according to UK Mirror.
At Juventus, Cristiano is set to pocket a staggering €30m-a-year after agreeing terms.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to join Italian champions Juventus in a staggering £88m deal after club's President Andrea Agnelli traveled to Greece to convince him to join the Turin side.
Ronaldo who joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record £80 million is the La Liga club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions.
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