MADRID – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is moving to Juventus after nine years with Los Blancos, the La Liga side confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.
Juventus said in a separate statement that it agreed to pay Real Madrid a total of 112 million euros ($131.46 million) to obtain the rights to the 33-year-old Portuguese forward.
Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, Juve said.
Real Madrid said that it “has agreed, according to the will and request expressed by Ronaldo, to transfer the player to Juventus.”
“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 most brilliant times in the history of our club and world football,” the Spanish club said.
Since joining Los Blancos on July 6, 2009, Ronaldo has become the club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in 438 games, winning four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles and two Copas del Rey.
“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 followers, to please understand me,” Ronaldo said in a letter released by Real Madrid.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for the fans and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received,” he said.
Ronaldo’s departure comes on the heels of the surprise retirement of Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane in May, shortly after guiding the side to its third consecutive Champions League crown.