Cristiano Ronaldo Leaving Real Madrid, Signs with Italy's Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo

GETTYCristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League for the fifth time in May

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

Various clubs had been linked with Ronaldo, but Juve have seemingly emerged as front-runners in a deal which could see the Italian champions splash out £88m on the five-time Ballon d'Or award victor.

Speaking after his unveiling at Sassuolo on Friday, Boateng stated that the arrival of the five-time UEFA Champions League victor will add much more value to the league.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city", he wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans.

It seems like Mourinho prefers Ronaldo's Real team-mate Gareth Bale, who is also frustrated at the 33-time La Liga champions, and the Portuguese could agree terms with Juventus as early as next week.

Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.

Ronaldo will earn an annual salary of around €30 million, while under Italian law Juve have to cough up the same amount every year in tax, meaning that their total outlay over the next four years would be €340 million.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is off to Juventus.

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

These have been nine of the most absolutely marvelous years.

But none of his arguments with Real Madrid affected his performances on the field in a negative way.

Ronaldo will rightly be remembered as one of Real's best ever players, although he never quite enjoyed the God-like status he craved. Chelsea winger Eden Hazard-set to play for Belgium in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday-has been added to Real Madrid's list of potential replacements, AS reported Sunday.

Portugal's Last 16 defeat to Uruguay was Cristiano Ronaldo's 38th game in World Cups/European Championships - no player has played in more across the two competitions (level with Bastia Schweinsteiger).

Juventus themselves have had quite a successful recent history, having won the past 7 Serie A titles.

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