Cristiano Ronaldo Discusses Messi & More at Juventus Unveiling

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It has actually happened. Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer a Real Madrid player. After nine years, the five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or and its variants has called time on his stint with the Spanish giant, transferring to Serie A holder Juventus for a reported fee of around $117 million.

Ronaldo departs Spain with four Champions League titles to add to the one he won at Manchester United, and as Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer, having scored a mind-boggling 451 goals in 438 games. The move also brings his direct rivalry — one of the most spectacular in sport — with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to a de facto close.

Last night, Ronaldo was presented by Juve to the Italian media for the first time in what was a fairly low-key affair, at least compared with the Portuguese’s previous unveiling in Madrid. Back then, CR7-mania gripped the Spanish capital, with 80,000 fans turning up to greet their new idol at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. This time, only a small number of Bianconeri fans braved the Turin rain to greet their latest signing.

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