MADRID: Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds, is the Spanish club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
Earlier in the day, Ronaldo's reported move from Real Madrid to Juventus gained momentum with reports that the multiple Ballon d'Or winner had already had talks with Massimiliano Allegri, the Italian champion's coach.
"Hello Ronaldo," the Gazzetta dello Sport headlined a report saying that Allegri had called Ronaldo on Monday, suggesting the transfer deal was all but done.
No details of the conversation were released by the newspaper which said only that it was "friendly" while other reports said he had discussed tactics.
La Gazzetta said that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes was expected in Madrid on Tuesday when Real directors are scheduled to meet.
However, rival sports paper Corriere dello Sport said the directors meeting had been put off so that "nothing would be revealed" about the deal.
"The Cristiano Ronaldo affair has become a game of chess," the newspaper said.
However, details about transfer fees were still unclear with Gazetta citing 120 million euros ($140.5 million) and the Corriere putting the deal at between 130 and 150 million euros. - APP/AFP