Tuesday 20 November 2018

Ronaldo seals €565k-a-week, €30m-a year, four-year Juventus deal

 

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to move to Juventus. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to move to Juventus. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP

Luke Edwards

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Juventus after the Italian champions agreed a fee of around €105 million with Real Madrid to bring an end to a hugely successful nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old had hinted after Real's third successive Champions League final triumph in May that he was keen to leave and, with Manchester United reluctant to enter the bidding, he has decided to move to Serie A.

Juventus have agreed terms on a four-year contract, which will see Ronaldo earn around €565,000-a-week, which adds up to approximately €30m-a-year.

Ronaldo, who was once again Portugal's star player as they exited the World Cup in the last 16, had suggested that he wanted to rejoin United when the time came to leave Madrid, but that opportunity has failed to materialise and it is not thought manager Jose Mourinho was keen on his return.

Strained

The two Portuguese had a strained relationship towards the end of Mourinho's spell as Real's manager and, having already signed Alexis Sanchez on wages of more than €550,000-a-week, from Arsenal back in January, United did not make a serious attempt to bring him back, even though he remains hugely popular with the club's supporters.

"I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city," Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans. "I have had nine absolutely wonderful years at the club.

"Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why, more than ever, I want to say thank you: thank you to the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all the staff, doctors, physios and the incredible people that make everything work.

"These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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