Cristiano Ronaldo is officially a Juventus player and he’s penned a brilliant goodbye letter to everyone at Real Madrid.
The Portuguese international has completed a stunning £88 million transfer to Juventus, worth a reported £26.5 million a season.
Ronaldo, 33, calls time on his illustrious professional career at the Santiago Bernabeu by venturing to Italy with Juventus.
Real Madrid released a statement regarding his switch, which also contained a classy farewell message from Ronaldo.
“These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, were possibly the happiest of my life,” he said.
“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 that I have received.
“However, I think it is time to open a new stage in my life and why I have asked the club to accept transfer. I’m so sorry and ask you all, and especially our fans, please understand me.
“They have been absolutely wonderful nine years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been for me an exiting, full of consideration although hard time because Real Madrid is a very high demand, but I know that I can not ever forget that behold Football enjoyed in a unique way.
“I’ve had on the field and in the locker room a fabulous companions, I felt warmth of an incredible crowed and together we have won 3 consecutive Champions League and 4 Champions League in 5 years. And with them also individually, I have the satisfaction of having won 4 and 3 Golden Balls Boots. All during my time in this immense and extraordinary club.”
Ronaldo added: “Real Madrid has won my heart, and my family, so more than ever I want to say thank you; thank the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all technicians, doctors, physios and workers incredible that make it all work and are pending tirelessly every detail.
“Infinite thanks again to our fans and thanks also to the Spanish football. During these nine years I have had exciting faces, great players. My respect and appreciation for all of them.
“I have reflected a lot and I know it is time for a new cycle. I go but this shirt, this shield and Santiago Bernabeu will follow them always feeling like something of mine wherever you are.
“Thank you all, and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years; Hala Madrid!”