After nine years with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the club for the Italian club Juventus. The deal is reportedly worth $340 million, but Ronaldo is still taking a pay cut.
Real Madrid confirmed with Sky Sport News on Tuesday that they agreed to sell the forward, with the two teams exchanging the fee. After the official break up between the two, Juventus would later announce the four-year deal with Ronaldo. According to the Telegraph, the deal is worth “around £500,000-a-week.” That translates to around $663,222.
Ronaldo’s move shouldn’t come as a surprise because since he hinted his time with the club could be coming to end while donning a Real Madrid jersey in May after winning the Champions League final over Liverpool. His testy relationship with team president Florentino Perez could’ve played a part as well after Perez tried to defuse rumors last year that Ronaldo was leaving.
“Ronaldo is a Madrid player, we’re delighted with him, [but] there was a story in the paper that said he was annoyed with the treatment given to his tax issue,” he said last June. “I think the best thing for him and Madrid is for him to stay: we’ll see what happens. Right now, Cristiano is a Real Madrid player and something very strange would have to happen for him not to be, and I am not [even] contemplating that.”
The move marks the end of a storied tenure at the Bernabéu, where he became the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, won four Ballon d’Or awards, and led Real Madrid to four Champions League titles.