Real Madrid and Juventus agree £105m transfer deal for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy's Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come "for a new stage" in his life.

In addition to that, Juve will have to pay the €100 transfer fee to Real Madrid.

Six years, three Premier League titles and a Champions League later and he was on his way to Real Madrid, having joined George Best and Eric Cantona among the greatest players to wear United's prized number 7 shirt.

Patrice Evra has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to snub a return to Manchester United and instead move to Juventus this summer.

I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city.

The fact he did not enjoy unblighted adoration from the club despite everything he had done for them clearly annoyed Ronaldo, as did the fact that he was not offered new bloated contracts every time he asked for them.

He has since averaged over a goal a game in scoring 451 times for Real and is the club's record marksman.

And Ramos, who played alongside Ronaldo for nine seasons at the Bernabeu, led the messages of thanks to him after Madrid confirmed he was set to leave.

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Ronaldo, who is Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer with 450 to his name, has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns during his time with the club.

"These have been nine absolutely marvelous years".

"In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination", Real Madrid said. "I feel that it is time, and I ask everyone, especially our fans, to please understand me". These have been nine unique years.

Manchester United have always been linked with a move to re-sign Ronaldo after he left Old Trafford to sign for the Spanish side in the summer of 2009.

"Real Madrid will always be your home".

I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle.

Ronaldo also became only the fourth player to score in four World Cups when he started this year's campaign with a hat-trick against Spain that culminated in a stunning free kick.

As to whether Juventus might sell some of their blue-chip attackers like Paulo Dybala or Gonzalo Higuain to make a bit of room for Ronaldo remains to be seen, but you can take it as a given that Madrid will jump into the market for their Ronaldo replacement.

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