Real Madrid make signing Chelsea FC star top priority

Heather Diaz
July 11, 2018

The deal has also seen a spike in social media activity.

"However, I believe that the time has come to start a new chapter in my career, therefore I have submitted a transfer request to the club. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand", Ronaldo said in an open letter yesterday. And with them also on an individual level, I have had the joy of winning four Ballon d'Or titles and three Golden Boot awards.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($106.27 million), 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.

With the Portuguese heavyweight gone, Isco is expected to be the kernel of Julen Lopetegui's tactical structure at Real Madrid which has also been evidenced by the Spanish manager's affinity for the 26 year old during his time at the helm of Spain.

Neymar bagged 19 in 20 Ligue 1 matches for PSG, per WhoScored.com, and his style of play may be closer to what Real need to replace Ronaldo. "You know, I have already said this - we grew up more on the French side than the Belgian, in terms of being football fans - we grew up with 1998".

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I wish I could have birdied the two par fives but looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day. If I had 100 putts every week I played and hit the ball halfway decent, I'd win every week".

It will be the biggest fee ever paid for a player aged over 30, but the Italians are gambling on the hope that Ronaldo can produce similar longevity to their former goalkeeper Gianliugi Buffon, 40, who left for Paris Saint-Germain last week.

"At the time, there wasn't the jersey of Belgium, that's why we wore the one of France".

"They have been nine unique years", added Ronaldo.

The reigning Ballon d'Or victor is also reportedly set to complete his medical at Vinovo at the start of next week.

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