Cristiano Ronaldo ends 9-year Madrid reign, joins Juventus

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"I believe that the time has come to begin a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer request".

Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to write another chapter in his illustrious career after joining Juventus in a 112 million euro ($A177 million) deal from Real Madrid. He won the European Championship two years ago with Portugal (a feat his former coach Zidane labeled the hardest competition to win in soccer), and he has won several Premier League titles during his brilliant stint with Manchester United, plus several more La Liga titles while manhandling the competition with Real Madrid.

Juventus begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Bayern Munich on July 25 in Philadelphia, while Ronaldo could make his competitive debut for the club the following month, with Serie A to announce its fixtures for the upcoming season on July 20.

According to Madrid-based paper Marca, the club have a superstar-filled list of alternatives to fill the Portuguese's sizable boots - chief among those being Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Alessandro Del Piero hailed Juventus' capture of Cristiano Ronaldo and hopes it will boost the club's prospects of winning the Champions League.

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

"The club record its thanks to a player who has shown to be the best in the world and made his mark on one of the greatest periods in our club's history and in the world game", Real Madrid Football Club said in a statement. "Zidane is someone special, it's true, but I think Real is everyone's dream", he said.

And the 24-year-old has not been told by Juventus about whether he remains in Massimiliano Allegri's plans alongside Ronaldo.

Belgium turned around a 2-0 deficit to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 and then followed that up with a 2-1 win over five-time World champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.

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