Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to sign with Italian champions Juventus in a move that will shake the sport to it’s core, according to a club announcement.
“Real Madrid would like to communicate that we have listened to the wish and request expressed by player Cristiano Ronaldo and have agreed to his transfer to Juventus FC,” the Champions League holders said in a statement.
It had been reported that Juventus had offered Real Madrid €100 million ($110m) for Ronaldo who would then be able to sign a new contract that will pay him an annual salary of around €30m ($35m), but nothing has been confirmed from either side as of yet.
Ronaldo issued a statement through Real Madrid, calling his time in the Spanish capital as “the happiest years of my life.”
“These years at Real Madrid and in this city of Real Madrid have quite possibly be the happiest years of my life,” he wrote. “I only have feelings of great gratitude to this club, to the fans and to the city. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received.
“However, I feel that the time has come to begin a new stage of my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. I feel it this way and I am asking everyone, and especially my fans, to please understand me.”