A £100 million+ deal has been confirmed for Juventus to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speculation has raged since the Champions League Final, when the Portugal legend stated that the victorious triumph over Liverpool might be his final appearance in the famous white shirt.
And now the 33-year-old has reportedly agreed terms on a four-year contract thought to be worth around £500,000 a week after the player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece.
A statement from the Spanish club stated: “Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has made this one of the most brilliant times in the history of our club.
“Beyond the titles he won during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and constant improvement.
“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our greatest symbols and a unique reference for our next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home.”
The transfer fee smashes the record for a player over 30, and could now ignite a player merry-go-round, with Real likely to target Kylian Mbappe or Neymar as a replacement for CR7.
Ronaldo leaves a lasting legacy at the Bernabeu, where he won four successive Champions League crowns and scored an astonishing 451 goals in 438 appearances, having signed from Manchester United in 2009.
Keen to seek a fresh challenge in Italy, it also serves note as to a change in strategy from Juventus, as they seek to establish themselves as a bigger financial player on the world stage having won seven successive Serie A titles.