Ronaldo to Juventus: Champions never tire of new challenges, says Pele

The No7 shirt may not be the only thing Cuadrado will have to give

Finally, late this afternoon, Real Madrid released a statement confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Juventus.

Cristiano joined Real Madrid in 2009 and owns the record as the all=time leaded scorer.

The reigning Ballon d'Or victor will end his nine-year spell at Real Madrid with a move to Turin following a reported rift with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over a new contract.

The 13-time Champions League winners believe the Belgian striker is the one to fill Ronaldo's boots in Madrid next season.

Madrid captain Ramos has played alongside Ronaldo throughout that time and has paid a special tribute ahead of his move to Juventus.

"I have feelings of great appreciation for this club, for the fans and for his city alone". I can only thank them all for the love and affection I have received.

Ronaldo thanked his teammates, the president, the board and all the club staff before departing, saying in the statement: "However, I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to agree to transfer me".

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially out at Real Madrid and has transferred to Italian club Juventus.

Ronaldo, 33, is said to be ready to accept an eye-watering £26.5million-a-year deal after the deal was floated during a recent meeting between Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, and Juve chiefs Fabio Paretic and Beppe Marotta.

Manchester United chose not to sign Ronaldo due to their interest in his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale.

The 33-year-old Ronaldo is now on vacation in Greece after Portugal's elimination from the Fifa World Cup.

Madrid said it had reached an agreement with Juventus after a request by Ronaldo.

He would come back to haunt the Bianconeri on the way to glory in last season's competition, too, with a stunning bicycle kick in the first leg and a nerveless added time penalty in the return. "The shirt, the club badge and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel like mine".

Despite failing to score in the 3-1 win in Kiev which sealed Real's third successive European Cup, Ronaldo finished as the Champions League leading scorer for the sixth consecutive time with 15 goals. "Real Madrid will always be your home".

Bale voiced frustration about his lack of regular games following his match-winning display in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May.

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