Bale could follow Ronaldo out of Real Madrid

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Ronaldo joined Italian champion Juventus on Tuesday, leaving Madrid without its biggest star - and the more than 50 goals he averaged per season in his nine years in Spain.

Juventus confirmed that Ronaldo had signed a four-year contract and that the transfer fee, including €12 million in add-ons, would be paid over two years, with Spanish media reporting he would receive a salary of €30 million a season.

He said: "I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city".

"I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me", he added. According to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, Ronaldo settled on signing for Juventus after the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

"Cristiano left and Real Madrid began to lose".

"I do not want to denigrate the Belgium team of the time, there were very good players, but at that time, it was France".

But he's now off to Italy to try and end Juventus' European trophy drought, which dates back to 1996.

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However, Ronaldo took out time to pen down a heartwarming letter for everyone at Madrid confirming his departure.

Juve fans already have their Ronaldo shirts.

Whilst it would take a lot for Pellegrini to convince the 87-capped Croatia global to swap Turin for east London, with Ronaldo's arrival, his opportunities for first-team football will surely be limited to say the least.

"He can be the best player on the field, he can be absolutely outstanding".

"It's unacceptable that while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company then spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player", said the union in an official statement, as reported by Football Italia. Accustomed during the last nine years to starting games winning 1.029 to zero when the Portuguese was playing, Los Blancos will now have to accept the hard reality of beginning again at 0-0.

With 3 consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, Real Madrid are undoubtedly a dominant force in Europe.

And United are set to profit from Ronaldo's mega-money move to Serie A.

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