Cristiano Ronaldo opens up about Real Madrid exit

Cristiano Ronaldo says leaving Real Madrid to sign for Juventus this summer was an easy decision for him

Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Photo: UEFA / Handout

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that leaving Real Madrid to sign for Juventus this summer ended up being an “easy” decision.

The 33-year-old attacker opted to call time on his glittering spell at the Bernabeu and move to the Italian club in a move which surprised many.

The deal for Ronaldo to move to Juventus ended up being worth around £105m and he will be looking to add the Serie A title to his collection of trophies in the coming seasons.

And the Portugal captain has admitted that he was thrilled by the reception he was afforded by Juventus fans after having been unveiled at the club’s stadium.

Speaking in an interview with broadcaster DAZN, Ronaldo said: “I never expected to play in this team, but some things happen naturally, for me it was an easy decision, what was done in Madrid is incredible, I won everything, my family lives there, but it’s part of the past.

“The small details make the big difference at the end of the day so. I would say what I saw in the stadium helped. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like: ‘Wow’.

“It surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so it was an unbelievable moment.”

Ronaldo will be hoping to help Juventus to secure Champions League glory after the Italian side finished as runners-up five times in the last 32 years.

The Portugal attacker was linked with a return to Manchester United in the summer transfer window but he ended up signing for Juventus.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United back in 2009 for a then world record transfer fee, while Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the club.

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