Madrid - The World Cup is not over yet, but the (provisional) transfer of the summer is definitely complete. Cristiano Ronaldo for 105 million euros from Real Madrid to Juventus. Real confirms the news on its website. The 33-year old Portuguese, all-time top gunner of Real with 451 goals in all competitions, will most likely sign a contract for four years with the Italian champion. In an emotional farewell letter on Real's website, Ronaldo begs the support of the 'Royal' for understanding.
This weekend the strong transfer seemed imminent, when Juventus posted a video on its website showing the most legendary song sevens from their history. For his part, Ronaldo posted a picture on his website on which he advertised his underpants line with a black and white striped wall in the background. The next video will undoubtedly be one on which the five-time winner of the Golden Ball Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli (42) shakes hands. The latter had made it a point of honor to get CR7 to Turin. This morning he had flown by private jet via Pisa airport to the South Greek island of Kalamata, where Ronaldo and his family spend the holidays. On Instagram photos he shows girlfriend Cristiano Rodriguez, the mother of their daughter Alana Martina, and also Cristiano Jr. is of the party.
With the transfer Cristiano brings an abrupt end to nine years of Real Madrid. In that period he won the Champions League four times and two Spanish national titles. Initially the 'Old Lady', who does not belong to the class of the very best clubs, did not seem to have a chance to get Ronaldo to the Juventus Stadium. Certainly because Cristiano had a contract until 2021. But that was outside the sponsors of Juve counted. Main sponsor Fiat was willing to shrug his shoulders to finance the lion's share of the sum. In addition to the transfer fee, this is also a wage of 30 million euros per year. The Agnelli family owns 30 percent of Fiat and 63 percent of Juventus. In turn, Fiat is owner of Ferrari - one of the possibilities is that Ronaldo's salary is paid through a commercial deal with Ferrari.
The fact that the transfer took a bit longer would be because Real Madrid president Florentino Perez initially demanded more than the initially proposed 100 million euros. The final transfer fee now appears to be 105 million euros. Perez had paid 90 million euros to Manchester United in 2009 to get the Portuguese superstar to the Bernabeu.
Juventus does a golden business with the transfer. The club took the scudetto for the seventh consecutive time this year, but hopes to win the Champions League with the arrival of Ronaldo. Last season they were eliminated after a spectacular match in the quarterfinals after a penalty in the final minute of ... Ronaldo. In the first match in Turin, CR7 had unpacked with a heavenly retro. The year before, Juve had lost the final against Real Madrid 4-1, after another two goals from Ronaldo. Also the final of 2015 was lost, against Barcelona. The last win on the champions ball of Juventus dates back to 1996 against Ajax.
For Real Madrid Ronaldo played from 2003 to 2008 at Man United and before that at Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003). Immediately after the Champions League final against Liverpool at the end of May, he was already hiding on a departure from Madrid. At the time, it seemed to be preferable to enforce a contract extension to even more favorable financial conditions, but Cristiano's wish to leave Madrid for a new challenge was therefore real.
In an emotional farewell letter on Real's website, Ronaldo begs the support of the 'Royal' for understanding. "I've been thinking a lot and I just know it's time for a new phase in my life, a new cycle in my career," it says. "That's why I asked the club for a transfer. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our fans, to please understand me. The years at Real Madrid in the city of Madrid have been the happiest of my life. I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this sport and for this city. I am very grateful for all the love and affection that I have received. "
"The pressure was very high at Real Madrid, but I will never forget that I have enjoyed a unique way of football here. My teammates were great, both on the field and in the changing room. Real Madrid has conquered my heart and that of my family. I will always carry this shirt, this logo and this stadium Santiago Bernabéu in my mind, wherever I am. Thanks to everyone and of course, as I said in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid! "