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Ronaldo leaving Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

AP, MADRID

“I gave a lot of thought to this and I know that the time has come for a new era,” Ronaldo said. “I’m leaving, but this jersey, this shield and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel as something that is mine wherever I go.”

The signing broke the Serie A record, which Juventus set two years ago when the club paid SSC Napoli 90 million euros for Gonzalo Higuain.

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting when he was 17. His crossover dribble was already famous when Alex Ferguson took him to Manchester United ahead of the 2003-2004 season and gave him the No. 7 shirt of the recently departed David Beckham.

He spent six seasons in England, winning three English Premier League titles, one Champions League title and one FA Cup.

Ronaldo two years ago led Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016 in France. He in 2006 helped Portugal reach the semi-finals in his first World Cup.

Portugal were eliminated by Uruguay in the round-of-16 of this year’s tournament in Russia. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas’ record as Europe’s all-time leading international scorer.

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