The worst-kept secret in football was finally confirmed on Tuesday as Juventus announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for €100m.
The Portuguese star leaves Spain after nine trophy-packed years that saw him score 451 goals in 438 games and win the Champions League four times.
“The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that’s why I asked the club to accept transferring me,” the 33-year old said in a statement.
Reaction in Turin was predictably positive with fans already lining up to buy Ronaldo shirts, while the club’s share price has also rocketed since rumours of the deal were first announced.
The deal has also seen a spike in social media activity.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 10, 2018
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) July 10, 2018
Juventus fans with the jersey of Cristiano Ronaldo today in Turin. pic.twitter.com/0Bdp9IlBMb
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) July 10, 2018
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Front pages of Corsport, Tuttosport, MARCA and AS, all headline Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
— Arjun Pradeep (@IndianRegista) July 10, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo x Real Madrid:
🕰 9 years
⚪ 438 games
⚽ 451 goals
⚽ All-time top scorer
🏆 4x Champions League
🏆 2x La Liga
🏆 2x Copa del Rey
🏆 2x Supercopa
🏆 2x UEFA Super Cup
🏆 3x Club World Cup
🏆 3x Golden Boot
🏆 3x UEFA POTY
🏆 2x FIFA TheBest
🏆 4x Ballon d'Or pic.twitter.com/VUd7sxSvco
— Cristiano Ronaldo ▫️▪️ (@CRonaldoNews) July 10, 2018
Gracias Ronaldo 7️⃣ pic.twitter.com/ZYwC6T5kXV
— Mehdi (@M_Narnar) July 10, 2018
— M.AL-Ballam (@BLM_7) July 10, 2018
Old team-mates wished him well.
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 10, 2018
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) July 10, 2018
While his new team-mates welcomed him.
Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano 🏴🏳 We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for @juventusfc! 💪🏽 #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SK6 @cristiano pic.twitter.com/iU4ULPeHmg
— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) July 10, 2018
Bienvenido al mejor equipo ➡️ La Vecchia Signora ⚪️⚫️
— Juan Cuadrado (@Cuadrado) July 10, 2018
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) July 10, 2018