Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “grateful for the opportunity” as he is unveiled by Juventus
World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has been officially unveiled by Italian football club Juventus after a £99.2m signing deal.
Speaking at the unveiling, Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “grateful for the opportunity” given to him by Juventus, as players of his age “usually go to Qatar or China”.
At his presentation in Turin, the 33-year-old Portugese forward went on to say;
“To come to this club at this stage of my career, I am very happy”.
Ronaldo also said he hopes to be the “lucky star” as the Italian side attempt to win the Champions League.
Ronaldo said there were “many important things” that contributed to his decision.
“I am well – physically, mentally and emotionally,” he said. “That is why I am so proud of being here and the way I have come here.
“I am different from all the other players who think that their career is over at my age, but I want to show the others that I am different. It is very emotional for me at the club now because I am not 23, I am 33.
“It gives me so much momentum for the future”, he said adding that he had not received any other offers.
Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 26 trophies in his career, including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.
As a prolific goal scorer, he holds the records for most official goals scored in Europe’s top-five leagues (395), the UEFA Champions League (120), the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the UEFA Champions League (34) and the UEFA European Championship (6). He has scored over 670 senior career goals for club and country.