'Please understand': Ronaldo pens emotional letter to Real fans

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Following confirmation that he is set to leave Los Blancos after a remarkable nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo has addressed the Real Madrid faithful.

Ronaldo won four Champions League titles in five years, and was awarded the Ballon d'Or, or Player of the Year award, on four occasions.

And after a decade of near-perfect soccer with Real Madrid, it seemed inevitable that Ronaldo would leave the club after his former coach and global legend Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the team a few days after their third UEFA Champions League victory in May.

In a letter posted on the Real website, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor said his time in the Spanish capital, during which he became their record goalscorer, had been one of the happiest in his life.

In 2009, when Cristiano Ronaldo left England to play for Real Madrid, it was a seismic shift in the world of soccer. The 33-year-old Portuguese signed a four-year deal with the Turin-based club.

And Pele, who spent 18 years at Santos before ending his career with New York Cosmos, understands Ronaldo's decision.

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"Juventus want to win the Champions League, but not only that, to be recognised on the same level as the greatest clubs in the world", he told Sky Sport Italia.

Juventus revealed in a club statement that they would pay 100 million euros ($A158 million) to Madrid over two financial years and "additional costs" of 12 million euros ($A19 million).

Now, Ronaldo faces a new challenge in Italy but he joins up with a side very much on the rise.

The deal has also seen a spike in social media activity. "My respect and gratitude goes out to them all".

Real are expected to launch a bid for the Belgium captain after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Other big names in the frame are Kylian Mbappe, who is also at PSG, and Premier League stars including Harry Kane of Spurs and Eden Hazard of Chelsea.

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