It is understood a deal worth £105m has been reached between the two clubs that will see the 33-year-old Portuguese end a 10-year stay at the Bernabeu, where he won four Champions League titles, but endured a turbulent relationship with president Florentino Perez.
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our great symbols,” said a club statement.
“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football. Real Madrid will always be your home.”
Following the stunning news, check out the best early Twitter reaction:
Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano 🏴🏳 We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for @juventusfc! 💪🏽 #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SK6 @cristiano pic.twitter.com/iU4ULPeHmg— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) 10 July 2018
BREAKING:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 10 July 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo signs for Juventus in a £105m deal.
.@Cristiano, your goals, your numbers and everything we've won together speak for themselves. You have earned a special place in the history of @RealMadrid. As Madridistas we'll remember you always. It's been a pleasure to play alongside you, bicho. Big hig and good luck! 🍀👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/NaywaDd3gw— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) 10 July 2018
10 - Cristiano Ronaldo scored 10 Champions League goals against Juventus, more than any player has netted against a single opponent in the competition's history (incl. European Cup). Lady. pic.twitter.com/gu3YeXhNph— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 10 July 2018
The last time Ronaldo visited Juventus, he received a standing ovation 🚲 pic.twitter.com/e3faw5ACeq— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) 10 July 2018
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is on the brink of signing for Juventus.
“Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC,” the Spanish club’s statement read.
“Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.
Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.”
The Portuguese star bows out as Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in 438 games.
Since leaving Manchester United, he amassed 16 titles at the Bernabeu, including four Champions Leagues in the last five seasons.
“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations.
Real Madrid will always be your home,” the statement concluded.
A headline in the La Gazzetta dello Sport read “Hello Ronaldo”, indicating that the transfer was all-but done.
While no details of the conversation were released by the newspaper, other reports revealed he had discussed tactics.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is expected to be in Madrid on Tuesday when Los Blancos’ directors are scheduled to meet, according to La Gazzetta.
Juve are keen to sign the Portugal superstar on a four-year deal, with an annual basic salary of €30 million.
Meanwhile, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri also revealed on Twitter that Ronaldo would be meeting Juventus president Andrea Agnelli in Greece on Tuesday.
He also apparently shared pictures of the Juve president at the Pisa Airport, leaving for Kalamata, Greece, on Tuesday morning to meet the Whites legend.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Pictures of Juventus president this morning at Pisa airport leaving for Kalamata, Greece, to meet Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/IMdutAOjHq
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 10, 2018