Alessandro Del Piero hails Juventus' £100m signing of Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

Yet all the soccer world is talking about today is Cristiano Ronaldo's blockbuster move from Spanish giant Real Madrid to Juventus in Italy.

The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus 105 million euros ($123.24 million).

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me".

Ronaldo, whose World Cup campaign with Portugal was ended in the last 16 by Uruguay just under two weeks ago, hinted after May's Champions League final victory over Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor claimed four Champions League titles during his time in the Spanish capital, and Del Piero hopes his attitude and winning mentality can boost Juve's chances of European success. And with them also on an individual level, I have had the joy of winning four Ballon d'Or titles and three Golden Boot awards.

He leaves Real Madrid as the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having bagged 451 goals in 438 games.

"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".

Real Madrid will reportedly turn to Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe or Chelsea forward Eden Hazard as they seek to replace Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

He may be getting on, but the deal makes Ronaldo the fourth most expensive footballer of all time, and nearly triples the record fee for a player in his 30s. And with Juventus desperate to win the Champions League after so many years of dominance in Italy, he will be given the stage to help inspire them to their long-awaited third European Cup.

"Champions never tire of new challenges".

The deal also fits in with the Italian club's efforts to re-establish its reputation in an era of Premier League and La Liga dominance. The 33-year-old player and his manager Jorge Mendes met with the Chairman of Juventus, Andrea Agnelli and a contract for 4-years with an annual salary of € 30million.

"For all their impressive growth in recent years, the concern for Juventus has always been that they would be limited by the simple fact of competing in a league whose worldwide brand continues to lag behind those of La Liga and the Premier League".

Ronaldo is now enjoying a brief break in Greece following Portugal's exit from the World Cup, where they were defeated 2-1 by Uruguay in the round of 16.

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