Time for a new era, says Ronaldo - Portuguese star explains Juventus move

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The Portuguese star leaves Spain after nine trophy-packed years that saw him score 451 goals in 438 games and win the Champions League four times.

In a letter posted on the Real Madrid official website, Ronaldo wrote that "the time has come to begin a new stage in my life".

In 2009, when Cristiano Ronaldo left England to play for Real Madrid, it was a seismic shift in the world of soccer. "Real Madrid will always be his home".

"Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you". They have been nine extraordinary years.

Del Piero also believes Serie A will benefit from Ronaldo's move, saying it gives motivation to the teams looking to challenge Juve's seven-year stranglehold on the league.

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But they are not the only ones with faith in one of the best players of all time, with Juventus' shares on the stock exchange spiking by nearly 40 per cent since rumours of Ronaldo's arrival first surfaced on June 28, and by 5.7 per cent yesterday alone.

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.

Ronaldo won four Champions League titles in five years, and was awarded the Ballon d'Or, or Player of the Year award, on four occasions.

"Zidane or no Zidane, the white jersey [of Real] is special but the blue jersey suits me well so it does not bother me if I stay".

Whether a mooted move in the region of £88m happens remains to be seen, but either way with Ronaldo now 33-years-old, Madrid have to plan for the future. This is how I feel, and I hope the fans can understand this.

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