After 9 remarkable years in the Spanish capital, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid for Italian giants Juventus.
There was about a week’s worth of speculation surrounding the move before both clubs officially announced the €100 million transfer this morning (Juventus owes an additional €12 million in fees as well). The €100 million transfer fee is a Serie A record.
Most reports suggest the Portuguese superstar wanted out after a lowball offer by Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez.
Juventus reached a salary agreement with Ronaldo of €55 million ($64.5 million USD) per year over 4 years. Despite an eventual matching offer by Real Madrid, Ronaldo still wanted out. This is a substantial raise from the €38.5 million salary he would have made over the next 3 years in Madrid.
While in Madrid, Cristiano won 4 of his 5 Ballon d’Or awards and 4 Champions League titles, including a 3-peat over the last 3 seasons.
Juventus should reign supreme in the Italian Serie A and also be considered a Champions League favorite after this acquisition. Even at the ripe old age of 33, CR7 is unquestionably one of the best – if not the best – footballers in the world.