Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join Juventus in a deal worth €100m, according to reports in Italy.
His shock transfer to the Italian giants brings an end to nine hugely successful years at Spanish giants, Real Madrid.
After months of speculation, Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece on Tuesday where they finalised details of the deal.
The 33-year-old reportedly put pen to paper on a four-year contract with an annual salary of around €30m.
“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city,” Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans. “I have had nine absolutely wonderful years at the 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: thank you to the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all the staff, doctors, physios and incredible people that make everything work.”
He finished his letter by saying: “Thanks to everyone and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!”
Real Madrid released a statement on Tuesday saying that they had agreed to the transfer “at the will and the request of the player”.
The statement added: “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.”
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, and he went on to win four Champions League titles, two league championships as well as two Spanish Cups and three Fifa Club World Cups.
He also became Madrid’s record scorer with 451 goals in 438 games. While there he won four Ballon d’Ors and three Golden Boots.