MADRID Spain (Xinhua) --
Cristiano Ronaldo said he wanted to “open a new
stage” in his life as Real Madrid confirmed his transfer to
Italy’s Juventus on Tuesday.
After nine years
playing with Real Madrid, the 33-year-old Ronaldo has decided to
leave the Spanish club to play at Juventus F.C. for a 105
million-euro transfer fee, it was reported.
“These years at Real
Madrid, and in this city, have possibly been the happiest of my
life,” Ronaldo said.
“I only have
feelings of huge thanks for this club, for the fans and for this
city,” he said. “But I think the time has come to open a new
stage in my life and that’s why I asked the club to accept to
transfer me. I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to
please understand me.”
The Club expressed
their gratitude and said he had showed to be the world’s best
player and “marked one of the brightest times in the history of
our club and world football”.
The club also
emphasized that the player became Real Madrid’s leading all-time
goalscorer, with 451 goals in 438 appearances.
Ronaldo joined Real
Madrid after playing six years at Manchester United. He won two
league championships, two Spanish Cups, four Champions League
and three Fifa Club World Cups when playing in Spain.