'Please understand': Ronaldo pens emotional letter to Real fans

Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

And after a decade of near-perfect soccer with Real Madrid, it seemed inevitable that Ronaldo would leave the club after his former coach and global legend Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the team a few days after their third UEFA Champions League victory in May.

"I believe that the time has come to begin a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer request". The 33-year-old Portuguese signed a four-year deal with the Turin-based club.

Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to write another chapter in his illustrious career after joining Juventus in a 112 million euro ($A177 million) deal from Real Madrid. He later played down the comment, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered, especially after he had also threatened to leave the previous year.

Ronaldo also scored twice in the 2017 final as Real downed Juve 4-1 in Cardiff.

"I do not want to denigrate the Belgium team of the time, there were very good players, but at that time, it was France".

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Reports in the Spanish media suggested that Liverpool FC could spend a club transfer record fee on the Real Madrid playmaker to fill Philippe Coutinho's void at the Anfield outfit.

If Ronaldo does end up leaving the club, Real Madrid will have a massive hole to fill in attack, to go with the financial means that have defined the club for years.

Real expressed their gratitude to a player who helped the club to four Champions League successes, three FIFA Club World Cups, two LaLiga titles and two Copa del Rey crowns.

"It is true that [Zidane] is special, but Madrid makes everyone dream". This is how I feel, and I hope the fans can understand this.

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