Time for a new era, says Ronaldo - Portuguese star explains Juventus move

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Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Portugal worldwide Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to join Italian champions Juventus in a staggering £88m deal after club's President Andrea Agnelli traveled to Greece to convince him to join the Turin side. It's all true. The deal of the century is no longer just a sweet dream but solid reality.

Sources confirmed to ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti that Real Madrid were willing to match Juventus' gross salary offer of around €55 million annually (approximately $64.5m), but Ronaldo still opted to leave.

"That should be the objective, a company that puts the interests of their employees first".

Amazingly, Madrid have made a profit on the 33-year-old who joined from Manchester United in 2009 for £80m, then a world-record transfer fee.

"It was very nice to be in Madrid", he said at the time, using the past tense.

In a letter posted on the Real website, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor said his time in the Spanish capital, during which he became their record goalscorer, had been one of the happiest in his life.

I think it's a big challenge for him but he's going to a huge club.

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"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me". These have been nine unique years.

I have had fabulous teammates, both on the field and in the dressing room.

"Ronaldo, the one who had us all watching Real-Barca on TV with nearly Spanish eyes and hearts". And together with them in addition, on an individual level, I have had the satisfaction of having won four Ballons d'Or and three Golden Boots, all during my tenure at this most enormous and extraordinary club.

Blues winger Eden Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid for a number of years, and with a huge gaping hole now left in Los Blancos attacking lineup, the Belgian will certainly not have done his chances of a move to the Bernabeu any harm after his impressive performances at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, leaving a potential space in the squad, and cash in the bank to splash on Martial.

According to a statement from the Union Sindicale de Base, which represents the Fiat workers, it's simply unacceptable that Fiat would help foot the bill for the Ronaldo transfer while workers at the company are under-compensated and often struggle to make ends meet. During these nine exciting years I have played against great players.

"And they went, "Okay, what we'll do is, we'll lower your buyout clause so that it's €100m, rather than €1,000m".

I have thought a lot and I know that the moment has come for a new cycle.