'Thank You Infinitely': Cristiano Ronaldo Addresses Real Madrid Fans Following His Departure

08 07 team of the quarter finals

08 07 team of the quarter finals

The first fumes of Ronaldo's potential exit from Los Blancos emerged when the 33-year-old dropped a bombshell post Real Madrid's Champions League three-peat, making it a bittersweet affair for Madridistas.

Although Hazard did remain tight-lipped when the subject of Real Madrid was mentioned insisting that he will have to see after the World Cup.

"I have enormous gratitude for the club and for the city".

Despite failing to score in the 3-1 win in Kiev which sealed Real's third successive European Cup, Ronaldo finished as the Champions League leading scorer for the sixth consecutive time with 15 goals.

"But I think they will realise, once he's gone, how important he's been for them".

"However, I believe that the time has come to start a new chapter in my career, therefore I have submitted a transfer request to the club".

"I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me".

But Balague says that the reason Ronaldo has finally followed through with his threats to leave is because he has felt a lack of love and appreciation at Real, particularly from club president Florentino Perez.

Hazard, who is set to lead his Belgium side into a World Cup semi-final against France also revealed his admiration for French teenager Kylian Mbappé ahead of the contest in Saint Petersberg on Tuesday evening.

A club statement said: "Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, it has agreed to transfer him to Juventus FC".

"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement".

Dybala was not told about Juve's plans to sign Ronaldo.

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