Spanish football club Real Madrid has announced that its star player Cristiano Ronaldo is officially leaving the team’s ranks to join Juventus.
"Real Madrid CF reports that in accordance with the will and request expressed by player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC," the club said in a statement.
While the transfer fee wasn't officially announced, Spanish media outlets cited by Reuters claim that Ronaldo signed a four-year deal which cost Juventus about $123.24 million.
During his ten-year career with Real Madrid, Ronaldo became the club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.
The transfer announcement rocked Twitter as stunned social media users considered the consequences of this move.
I'm happy for Crisiano Ronaldo because he's going to a club where the fans appreciate his greatness & they will never boo him. Thats the only part he missed in his career.— ⓫Abdallah M.⓫ (@Abdallah_rm11) 10 июля 2018 г.
JUVENTUS are on another level now🔥🔥🔥— 🅰dam Jnr 🐦 (@hadjiyy) 10 июля 2018 г.
The end of an ERA……
We say GOODBYE to RONALDO
The LEGEND 🙌
The KING 👑
The STAR ⭐
The TIGER 🐯
The GOAT 🐐 pic.twitter.com/uT9tFu8oW0
Real Madrid has done a fantastic business with Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus. Would love to see the effects of this deal.— Collins Atta Poku (@PapaPoku) 10 июля 2018 г.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, This is the transfer of the CENTURY 😳 pic.twitter.com/wkuYXw1zMb— Fiend (@iiiUnderdog) 10 июля 2018 г.
Earlier, Diario AS newspaper also reported that Real Madrid is considering several potential candidates, including Neymar, Mbappe and Hazard, as possible replacements for Ronaldo.