Rewind to May 26th, 2018. Real Madrid have just beat Liverpool 3-1. Many thought nothing that night could top the injury defender Sergio Ramos dealt to Mohammed Salah, “The Pharaoh.” What about Gareth Bale’s world class goal? To viewers around the world, the biggest moment would arrive seconds after the ref blew his whistle.
As the Madrid players celebrated their 4th Champions League trophy in the past 5 years (wow), the cameras quickly turned to Cristiano for what was supposed to be a quick post game interview. Nonchalantly, the 5-time Ballon D’Oro winner and leading goal scorer of the tournament began to speak in past tense when addressing his club: “It has been very nice being at Real Madrid.”
As of Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Juventus with a four year €1oo million euros contract.
Many speculated Ronaldo would return to the club which many say built the beast – Manchester United. Talks of going to the Chinese League and even Major League Soccer circulated, but as the dust cleared, none would come true.
Per ESPNFC, the player gave nothing but gratitude back to the Spanish club.
“These years at Real Madrid and in this city of Real Madrid have quite possibly be the happiest years of my life,” he wrote. “I only have feelings of great gratitude to this club, to the fans and to the city. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received.
“However, I feel that the time has come to begin a new stage of my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. I feel it this way and I am asking everyone, and especially my fans, to please understand me.”
Real Madrid released a statement accompanying the deal on Tuesday saying the negotiation and talks about departing the club were all started by the Portuguese forward. Likewise, the club showed nothing but respect: “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its biggest icons and a unique reference for the future generations. Real Madrid will always be his home.”
Ronaldo is currently taking time off his World Cup run, which saw him score four goals in 360 minutes. Portugal lost to Uruguay in the knockout stages 2-1. He will join his new teammates in the upcoming days.
All of world futbol will now shift its focus to Seria A, where Ronaldo will be expected to bolster Juventus’ chances at retaining European glory.