Ronaldo to leave Manchester United ‘with immediate effect’
Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive footballer, is to leave Old Trafford in the summer as he embarks on a £150 million move to Real Madrid.
The deal was announced on Thursday morning, in what would be the most high-profile transfer in Real’s history.
The Portuguese forward is an experienced player having played more than 600 games for Internacional, Atletico Madrid, Brazil, Barcelona and Madrid.
He is a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and has helped them win two Champions Leagues, the Copa del Rey in 2006 and 2008, as well as the 2008 Uefa Super Cup while playing for their arch-rivals during his career, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
But Real Madrid have just four Champions League wins in the last 10 seasons and won only once outside the continent – in 2008 when they lost to Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup and Champions League in 2007.
A statement on Ronaldo’s social-networking profile described him as a ‘player with a winning formula, great talent and the potential to become the best footballer of his generation’.
The move confirms Ronaldo’s exit from United in a move which is understood to be a world away from his former club, Barca, who already have his compatriot Andres Iniesta, and another footballer called David Pizarro and a £130 million move to Chelsea to replace former United striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The move means Ronaldo will be leaving the English club without a major European club to play for next season. He plays for his childhood club Atletico Madrid in the Spanish top tier.
Ronaldo is also expected to take a pay cut, leaving just £400,000 a week guaranteed under the three-year contract that United, who are in talks with Real Madrid, have signed with the player.
It means United would now consider extending the player’s contract with