Cristiano Ronaldo's need for love, respect helped push him to Juventus

Marcus Newton
July 11, 2018

"Real Madrid has ceded to Cristiano Ronaldo's wishes and at his request, the club has allowed the player to complete his move to Juventus".

We have won together three Champions Leagues in a row and four Champions Leagues in five years.

"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".

"Ronaldo leaves Madrid as the club's all-time leading scorer, with 450 goals in 438 games".

Juventus have dominated in Serie A, winning seven consecutive titles but it is in the Champions League where they have struggled to put down their marker, having not claimed the trophy since 1996.

Reports in the Spanish media suggested that Liverpool FC could spend a club transfer record fee on the Real Madrid playmaker to fill Philippe Coutinho's void at the Anfield outfit.

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Football's world governing body added it was "extremely sorry" to read the comments from "a player who has written the history of our game".

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Whether a mooted move in the region of £88m happens remains to be seen, but either way with Ronaldo now 33-years-old, Madrid have to plan for the future.

"They have been nine unique years", added Ronaldo. "Congratulations to Juventus for achieving such a great objective".

The deal also fits in with the Italian club's efforts to re-establish its reputation in an era of Premier League and La Liga dominance.

The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the a year ago after Paris St Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona last August. And this last fact is what may have made him head for the shores of Italy.

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially a Juventus player.

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