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Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving to join Italian club Juventus: Real Madrid

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 30, 2018. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

MADRID — Real Madrid says Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving to join Italian club Juventus.

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has told Portuguese media that the player would be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he ends up leaving the European champion.

Jorge Mendes was quoted as saying in Portuguese newspaper Record that Ronaldo would always be grateful to “the club, the president, the directors, the medical staff, all the workers without exception and all the Madrid fans around the world.”

Local media in Spain and Italy claimed Ronaldo reached a deal to sign with Serie A team Juventus, last week, but negotiations were officially confirmed Tuesday.

Mendes was quoted by Record on Thursday as saying that “if that happens, it will be just a new phase and a new challenge in his brilliant career.”

Ronaldo hinted after the Champions League final in May that he could be leaving Madrid. He said he would discuss his club future while with Portugal at the World Cup, but never did.

Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16.