Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real and signs for Juventus, writes heartwarming letter for fans
Wait no more, it is official. Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has shocked the world by leaving Real Madrid for Italian giants Juventus. Ronaldo had expressed his unhappiness at the Spanish club, soon after their Champions League win earlier this year. It was believed that the number 7 did not feel as important as before at Real and hence was looking for a new challenge in his illustrious career.
However, things were made official today with the Old Lady bringing in the emphatic goalscorer in their ranks in one of the four most expensive deals of all time. A deal worth 112m euros (£99.2m) has been reached between the two clubs that has seen the Portuguese sign a four-year deal with the Italian champions.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo came up with a heartwarming letter for his Real Madrid supporters who have backed him during his good and bad times. According to BBC, the letter goes as follows:
“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 its fans 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 fans, to please understand me.
They have been absolutely wonderful for nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an emotional time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of the highest demands, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
I have had fabulous team-mates on the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won three Championships in a row and four Championships in five years. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won four Gold Balls and three 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 technical staff, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work, that tirelessly pursue every minute detail.
Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these nine exciting years I have played against great players. 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 badge and the Santiago Bernabeu but they will continue to always feel part of me wherever I am.
Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Go Madrid!”
Real Madrid also paid their respect to Ronaldo for his extraordinary services over the 9 years. Since joining the club in 2009, the forward has scored a club record of 451 goals for the Los Blancos. A club statement said,
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the great symbols,” said a club statement.”
“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.”
“Real Madrid will always be your home.”