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Real Madrid announce Ronaldo transfer to Juventus

AFP  |  Madrid 

Real today announced the transfer of to Italy's Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come "for a new stage" in his life.

"Today Real wants to give thanks to a who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football," the club said in a statement.

It did not give any details as to the amount of the transfer but Spanish have said it could reach 105 million euros ($120 million), with the 33-year-old signing a four-year contract worth 30 million euros per season.

In a letter posted on Real Madrid's website, the multiple Ballon d'Or winner said his time in had been one of the happiest in his life.

"I only have feelings of huge thanks for this club, for the fans and for this city," he said.

"But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me.

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me."

Ronaldo, whose were knocked out of last 16 by Uruguay, hinted after May's victory against that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It was very nice to be in Madrid," he said at the time, using the past-tense.

He later played down the statement, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered.

Real Madrid has won the twice and the four times since moved there from Manchester United in 2009.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 22:00 IST
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