Shock Cristiano - Madrid accept the request of their star and sell him to Juventus for €105m. The Blancos club are left without their references following his and Zidane's goodbyes, and Florentino must get his chequebook out
"Record club goalscorer with 450 and all-time "pichichi" in the Champions League (120), he leaves after nine years and 16 trophies including four Champions Leagues. His figure now sits on the same level as (Alfredo) Di Stefano and he will continue at Juventus a rivalry with (Lionel) Messi which remains the biggest in football. Cristiano Ronaldo goes into Real Madrid's history as the man who was a step forward, an untiring guy whose desire to always want to score converted the best club of the 20th century into one which dominated Europe at the start of the 21st."
Los Blancos will now have to accept the hard reality of beginning again at 0-0 ... But if any club are able to take on such a loss, it is them ... Cristiano leaves Real Madrid as he has been threatening to for years, without realising that one day they would call his bluff and open the door."
"Football is so entangled that 45 days after becoming European champion for a third consecutive year, Real Madrid have lost their two principal symbols - Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo. It appears like there are not enough trophies or goals to satisfy everybody. It happened with the coach, and now the one to flee is the icon of the last nine years. And, in both cases, the divorces were not just down to money. You just have to contrast the cold goodbye between CR and the club -- with two statements -- and Zidane's public emotional goodbye."