After three trophy-laden years together, Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo part as the star returns to Manchester United.
Juventus have bid farewell to Cristiano Ronaldo and thanked him for the ‘incredible journey’ they shared.
Ronaldo has ended a three-year spell with Juventus in favor of a return to Manchester United. He departs Turin with 101 goals in 134 games and five trophies, including back-to-back Serie A titles. But in light of the club’s failure to compete for the Champions League, he has opted to leave.
United will pay Juventus an initial €15 million in transfer fee plus a further €8m in add-ons. Ronaldo passed his medical on Monday and has accepted a two-year contract, which includes an option for a third season. He is currently waiting to be granted a visa from the UK.
Juve’s farewell message to CR7
“On 10 July 2018, two icons of the European and football world came together – Cristiano Ronaldo became a Juventus player. Today, after three years together and 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won, that chapter has come to an end. The paths of CR7 and Juventus have gone their separate ways,” read a statement.
“On that day in July, when Cristiano arrived in Turin, the electric feeling of those great days could be felt through the air. The Juventus fans welcomed CR7 like a king, eager to see him on the pitch and cheer with him. It was a great story.
“He was the first player in Juventus history to score at least 100 goals in all competitions in his first three seasons with Juventus, and since his arrival in Serie A, he has scored more goals than any other player: 81, at least 10 more than any other.
“Not only that, with the aforementioned title of top scorer, he also became the first to sit on the throne of the top goalscorers in Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League.
“The unforgettable moments experienced together were many. We could recite them and relive them, but it would not help, because everyone has their own special memory linked to CR7. Everyone has a shared emotion that does not need to be dusted off, because everyone will always remember what they felt in walking this stretch of road together.
“Today that bond born on July 10, three years ago, has been dissolved, but what has been written will forever remain. It has been an incredible journey.”