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Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to join Juventus

10 July, 2018, 23:15 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

Shares of Italy's most successful, best-known soccer team, Juventus, have surged on Tuesday after it was reported that the side is close to signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for 100 million euros ($117 million).

Real paid tribute to Ronaldo, who is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League, in a lengthy statement on their website and said the player had asked to be transferred.

Real Madrid has won my heart and that of my family and it is because of that, now more than ever, I would like to say thank you.

Ronaldo scored 105 Champions League goals for Madrid - only six clubs scored more over the same period! - and has either led or shared the lead in scoring for each of the last six seasons.

Juventus could reportedly announce the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo before the end of the day after reaching an agreement with Real Madrid.

Gazzetta dello Sport also reports that Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri and Ronaldo spoke on the phone last Friday.

"These years at Real Madrid, and in the city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life".

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If Ronaldo does join Juventus, manager Massimiliano Allegri is expected to give the 33-year-old forward a starring role in his starting XI, which leaves Gonzalo Higuain's future at the club in doubt.

"However, I believe that the time has come to start a new era in my life and that is why I have asked the club to allow me to move".

In a letter posted on Real's website, the multiple Ballon d'Or victor said his time in Madrid had been one of the happiest in his life.

He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi. The Portuguese global also picked up two league titles and two Copa Del Ray crowns.

"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas' record as Europe's all-time leading global scorer.

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