The Portugal star, 33, is to affix reigning Serie A champion Juventus from the Champions League holder for a reported $117 million switch charge.
“Actual Madrid desires to precise its gratitude to a participant who has proved to be one of the best on the planet and who has marked one of many brightest occasions within the historical past of our membership and world soccer,” mentioned the Spanish membership in an announcement on Tuesday.
In an open letter to Actual’s followers, Ronaldo mentioned that he had “mirrored rather a lot” and knew that “the time has come for a brand new cycle.”
Final season, the Portuguese star scored a surprising bicycle kick towards Juventus in Turin, which was broadly seen as one in all world’s biggest ever Champions League targets.
Ronaldo had a barnstorming begin to the World Cup scoring a hat-trick towards Spain in a 3-Three draw, earlier than Portugal was knocked out by Uruguay within the final 16 stage.
Ronaldo joined Actual from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world report charge of £80 million ($106M) and was given a €1 billion buy-out clause.
He went on to grow to be Actual’s all-time main goalscorer, successful 4 Champions League titles — together with a historic three consecutive crowns — two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey trophies.
“For Actual Madrid, Ronaldo will at all times be one in all his nice symbols and a singular reference for the following generations,” added the Actual assertion.
“Actual Madrid will at all times be your own home.”
Stories of Ronaldo’s unhappiness within the Spanish capital have grow to be an nearly annual incidence lately, though every episode had at all times ended with a brand new contract.
However the five-time Ballon d’Or winner sparked extra rumors when requested about his future within the instant aftermath of Actual Madrid Champions League win over Liverpool.
“I am going to communicate within the subsequent few days,” he mentioned on Might 26. “Now it is time to benefit from the second. The way forward for any participant is not vital.”
Actual have lately put out two statements denying the membership’s curiosity in signing both Neymar of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain as hypothesis intensified over Ronaldo’s future.
Ronaldo has been the scourge of Juventus lately, scoring two targets in a man-of-the-match efficiency within the 2017 Champions League remaining and knocking the Turin membership out of final 12 months’s competitors.
“These years in Actual Madrid, and on this metropolis of Madrid, have been presumably the happiest of my life,” mentioned Ronaldo in his letter to the membership’s followers.
“I solely have emotions of monumental gratitude for this membership, for this fanbase and for this metropolis. I can solely thank all of them for the love and affection I’ve obtained.
“Nevertheless, I imagine that the time has come to open a brand new stage in my life and that’s the reason I’ve requested the membership to simply accept transferring me. I really feel that approach and I ask everybody, and particularly our followers, to please perceive me.”