Juventus shocked the world on Tuesday, when they confirmed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for a fee of 105 million Euros. After spending 9 years at Real Madrid and leading them to win back to back 3 Champions Leagues, it will be weird for the football fans to see Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo.
After the announcement of his departure, several of his ex teammates and even his new team mates came out to express their feelings for the ex Manchester United and Real Madrid player.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo came out with a statement for the time that he spent with Real Madrid. “These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life,” wrote the Portuguese in his statement.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.
“However, I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me.
“They have been absolutely wonderful for nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
“I have had fabulous team-mates in the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won three Champions Leagues in a row and four Champions Leagues in five years. And with them also, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won four Ballon d’Ors and three Golden Boots. All during my time at this immense and extraordinary 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: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
“Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish football. During these nine exciting years I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition for all of them.
“I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle. I’m leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabéu will continue to always feel as my home wherever I am.
“Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!