As the striker bids farewell to the Bernabeu and La Liga, we take a look back at some of his greatest moments in a Merengue shirt
Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portugal forward with Real Madrid. Ronaldo is signing a four-year contract with an annual salary of around €30m.The 33-year-old is ready for a new challenge after nine years at Real and asked the La Liga club to let him go.
Ronaldo leaves as Madrid's record goal scorer, with 450 goals in 438 appearances. With the Spanish giants he won two La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and the four of his five Ballon D'Or awards. While fans are still in a state of disbelief over CR7 leaving Real Madrid and social media is flooded with posts giving ode to him and declarations of how this move will be the end of an era; here is a look at the star player’s most memorable moments at the Spanish club:
Ronaldo unveiled at Madrid
Following a blockbuster move from Manchester United in 2009, Ronaldo was presented to 80,000 Real supporters packed inside the Santiago Bernabeu as Los Blancos' latest Galactico.
A first taste of silverware
Ronaldo's first trophy came in the 2010-11 Copa del Rey, beating Barcelona in the final.
In November 2011, Ronaldo scored his 100th goal for the Spanish giants after just 105 appearances - a penalty against Lyon.
La Liga glory
Ronaldo's first La Liga title came in 2011-12, his third season with the Merengues.
2013 marked Ronaldo's second Ballon d'Or award, having watched Messi named the best player in the world for four years straight between 2009 and 2012.
Five hundred up
In September 2015, Ronaldo registered his 500th goal in professional football with a double against Malmo.
A hat-trick and history
Bayern Munich were put to the sword in 2017 by a Ronaldo hat-trick in the Champions League quarter-finals. That triple also made him the first player in history to score more than 100 goals in the competition.
An end to the Liga drought
After five long years without La Liga, Madrid finally regained the title in 2016-17, finishing three points clear of Barcelona. With 25 goals Ronaldo was once more key to his club's success.
Madrid followed up their Liga triumph with victory in the Champions League final, becoming the first club to retain the title since the name was changed from the European Cup. Ronaldo hit twice in the final to down Juventus and further cement his legacy.
Third time's a charm
Ronaldo and Madrid finished the season in typical fashion - with yet another Champions League title in tow. Liverpool were beaten 3-1 in the final.
An overhead kick and applause in Turin
Fans in Juventus Stadium gave Ronaldo a standing ovation as their team was downed by Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final. The pick of the action was a stunning overhead kick from the Portugal star. Ronaldo's second goal for the Spanish giants in their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory at Juventus was one of the great strikes - the 33-year-old Portuguese rising almost unnaturally high before acrobatically firing the ball into the corner of the net with an incredible bicycle kick.
With him moving to Juventus, the roar of the Spanish giants will be feebler, but like he first said when he joined them and like every Madrid fan who has made it their war cry, Hala Madrid!
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Last Updated Jul 11, 2018, 4:21 PM IST