Soccer: Ronaldo joins Juventus from Real

'Want to start new cycle' says Portugal great

(corrects age). (ANSA) - Rome, July 10 - Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday joined Turin giants Juventus from Spanish giants Real Madrid in a four-year deal worth a total of 112 million euros.
    "The time has come to pursue a new path in my life and for this reason I asked Real Madrid to accept my sale", said the 33-year-old (RPT 33-year-old) Portugal great, who will reportedly get 30 million euros a year.
    In a long note on Real's site, he said "Real won my heart and I will never stop saying thank you: but I thought long and hard and I know it is time to start a new cycle".
    Real, for its part, said, "in accordance with the wishes of the player", it had reached a deal with Juve.
    Ronaldo "will always be one of the great symbols for Real and a unique reference for the next generations: Real will always be his home".
    The striker is moving for a total of 112 million euros - 100 in two tranches to Real plus additional fees and a FIFA solidarity fee totalling 12 million euros.
   

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