Former Juventus player Alessandro Del Piero has hailed the £100million arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. I'm leaving, but this shirt, this crest, and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to feels these things wherever I am.
And after a decade of near-perfect soccer with Real Madrid, it seemed inevitable that Ronaldo would leave the club after his former coach and worldwide legend Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the team a few days after their third UEFA Champions League victory in May.
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"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved on the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".
"For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come", European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred.
And the 24-year-old has not been told by Juventus about whether he remains in Massimiliano Allegri's plans alongside Ronaldo.
He may be getting on, but the deal makes Ronaldo the fourth most expensive footballer of all time, and nearly triples the record fee for a player in his 30s.
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The deal also fits in with the Italian club's efforts to re-establish its reputation in an era of Premier League and La Liga dominance.
Based on Wahl's report, it appears talks have already been held with Neymar, that despite the fact he only joined PSG last summer in a world-record deal.
The Italian giants announced the signing of the 33-year-old forward from Los Blancos on Tuesday following weeks of speculation that the player was unhappy in Spain. Fans of the attractive game knew that they'd reap the benefits of watching Messi and Ronaldo, the two best players in the world, duking it out in La Liga each season-and that's exactly what happened.
Hazard won't be playing the Champions League next season and that is a key factor in his wish to move on from Chelsea to pastures new.
"They look like they are looking at other positions".