Ronaldo ends nine-year Madrid reign, joins Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to write another chapter in his illustrious career after joining Juventus in a 112 million euro ($A177 million) deal from Real Madrid.

Ronaldo's four-year contract is expected to keep the five-time UEFA Champions League victor in Turin till 2022, with the 33-year-old Portugal worldwide insisting that it was time for another adventure "for a new stage" in his football career. I'm leaving, but this shirt, this crest, and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to feels these things wherever I am.

In nine years at the Bernabéu, Ronaldo became Real's all-time top scorer with 451 goals, helping the Spanish club to four Champions League titles in the past five seasons.

"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved on the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".

"United have been interested in Ronaldo and they've been linked with him every single year since he left in 2009".

However, the suspense officially came to an end on Tuesday, with the Los Blancos confirming that the Portuguese superstar will be joining the Serie A champions for a reported fee of about 105 million euros ($123.24 million).

He also scored a hat-trick for Portugal in the World Cup and netted a spectacular bicycle kick against Juventus in the Champions League in the spring.

And it is that kind of ambition that will keep the Belgian in London, who wants to win the Champions League. "My respect and gratitude goes out to them all".

Based on Wahl's report, it appears talks have already been held with Neymar, that despite the fact he only joined PSG last summer in a world-record deal.

And Del Piero believes the arrival of Ronaldo can massively improve Juventus' chance of dominating in Europe. He later played down the comment, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered, especially after he had also threatened to leave the previous year.

At the last count, most fans were eagerly checking their twitter feeds for updates on Ronaldo's intending move.

Olivier Giroud speaks glowingly of Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard before France and Belgium lock horns in their World Cup semifinal. Former Madrid team-mate Sami Khedira said he was looking forward to a reunion and other Madrid stars expressed their thanks to Ronaldo.

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