Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo Real's Cristiano Ronaldo holds the ball as he celebrates his four goals during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, files)

Tuesday, it was confirmed that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus.

Ronaldo spent a total of 9 years with Real Madrid joining the team in 2009 from Manchester United.

He was deemed the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 451 goals in 431 matches.

Additionally, he assisted the club in winning four Champion League titles, beating Juventus in 2017 final, and also won the league and cup twice separately.

Juventus is paying Madrid 105 million euros ($123 million) for the 33-year-old forward upon Ronaldo’s request.

“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proven to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the greatest eras in the history of our club and of world soccer,” the club said in a statement.

Ronaldo signed a five-year deal with Madrid in 2016, initially saying he wanted to end his career at the club.

However, his discontent with Madrid fans may have played a role in his change of heart.

Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup.

Andrea Agnelli, Juventus president, reportedly flew out Tuesday to meet the soccer star once the news broke, Tuesday.

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