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Real Madrid sensationally announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian side Juventus for an undisclosed sum.  He’s joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid.

The 33-year-old is ready for a new challenge after nine years at Real Madrid and the player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece on Tuesday to discuss the final details of the deal.

Ronaldo is signing a four-year deal with the Series A club with a yearly salary of around €30m. In Italy clubs have to pay the same amount in tax, which takes the total cost of the transfer to €340m (€100m transfer fee plus €240m in salary and taxes).

After a week of speculation, the Spanish giant revealed that “in response to the will and request expressed by the player…(we) agreed to transfer (him) to Juventus.” Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 after six years at Manchester United. He won four Champions League titles while at the club and two league championships as well as two Spanish Cups and three Fifa Club World Cups.

He played for Portugal in the World Cup this summer but they were eliminated in the last 16 by Uruguay. A switch to Juventus in Italy’s Series was not taken seriously by the world’s media when it was first floated in the aftermath of Ronaldo’s exit from the World Cup with Portugal, but quickly became serious.

 

 

 

 

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