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Cristiano Ronaldo Joins Juventus, Leaves Real Madrid

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| July 10 , 2018 , 23:48 IST

Legendary soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday signed a deal with Juventus and left the UEFA Champions Real Madrid. Juventus confirmed the clubs had agreed on a transfer fee of €100 million (approximately $117 million) plus €12 million in fees for the 33-year-old Ronaldo, who signed a four-year contract.

Ronaldo, Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer, will leave the club after leading them to four Champions League titles. In May, just moments after beating Liverpool in the Champions League final, he spoke about his time at the club in the past tense, saying, "It has been very nice being at Real Madrid."

The Serie A champions swooped to sign the Portugal captain after he indicated that he was considering leaving Madrid after their Champions League final win in May.

Real Madrid in a statement said, “Real Madrid would today like to place on record its thanks to a player who has shown himself to be the best in the world and made his mark on one of the greatest periods in our club's history and on the world game.”

Citing the player’s performance, the club in it’s statement further said, “He became Real Madrid's leading all-time goalscorer, having scored 451 goals in his 438 appearances. In total, he won 16 pieces of silverware, including four European Cup crowns, three of which came in successive years, with these four continental triumphs coming in the past five seasons. In terms of individual honours, as a Real Madrid player, he won the Ballon d'Or on four occasions, The Best award twice and claimed the Golden Shoe three times, amongst many other accolades.