Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to join Juventus from Real Madrid

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The 22-year-old right-back will put pen-to-paper on a six-year contract with Madrid, subject to a medical, the club announced on Thursday. Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Spanish capital after nine glittering years. Ronaldo and Real Madrid ended Juventus' Champions League hopes in each of the past two seasons, including in the 2017 final, when he scored twice in a 4-1 victory. Juve won the race for his signature, though, and the irrepressible Pirlo went on to win the Serie A title in all four of his seasons with the club before seeing out the final two years of his career with New York City. All this during my time at this extraordinary club.

After sealing his move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid following nine eventful, trophy laden seasons at the aristocrats of Spanish football having established himself as their most influential player since Alfredo Di Stefano. During these nine exciting years I have faced great players. My respect and my recognition for all of them.

"I'm leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel my own wherever I am".

"Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!".

In a stunning move that first emerged as a possibility just a week ago and immediately sent shockwaves through soccer, the Portuguese forward committed his immediate future to Juve, victor of the past seven Italian league titles.

"These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life", wrote the Portuguese in a statement released via Los Blancos' official website.

Ronaldo will rightly be remembered as one of Real's best ever players, although he never quite enjoyed the God-like status he craved.

The day Real Madrid fans have been dreading has finally arrived.

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However, despite their dominance in Europe's premier club competition, Real struggled domestically, finishing 17 points behind champions Barcelona last season.

Real has not given any details on the financial terms of this transfer.

Juventus have not yet confirmed the transfer, which was revealed just hours before the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium.

Ronaldo, 33, reached global superstar status after becoming the world's most expensive player when he joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.

On the same day Messi, with whom Ronaldo has long competed for the title of the world's best, was sent home empty-handed by a French side inspired by a breathtaking performance from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

Plays youth team football at Nacional before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2002, arch-rivals to his boyhood favourites Benfica.

FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Champions League in Kiev, Ukraine - May 26, 2018.

Earlier on Tuesday, a source told ESPN that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli had flown to Greece, where Ronaldo is on a postseason break, to finalise the deal.

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