As the football world still tries to come to terms with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, the Portuguese maestro has explained why he ditched Madrid fro Turin.
The 33 year old ended his nine-year association with the European champions by inking a 105 million pounds deal to move to Italy.
These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.
I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received, he said.
Ronaldo said having won everything in Spain, it was time to look for another challenge.
However, I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.
They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.
He thanked his team mates, the management and supporters for the relentless support he received while wearing the MADRISTA WHITES.
Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.
Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition for all of them.
I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle. I'm leaving but this shirt, this shield and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.
Thanks to all and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium 9 years ago: Hala Madrid, he concluded.
Ronaldo has had a very productive nine-year adventure with the LOS MERENGUES, having won 3 Champions in a row and 4 Champions in 5 years.
On an individual level, he also won 4 Gold Balls and 3 Gold Boots.
Source: Voice of Nigeria