Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club have confirmed.

Spanish media reported that Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with the Italian giants after the clubs agreed a €100 million fee.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record £80m 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.

Madrid confirmed Ronaldo's departure in a statement which read: "Real Madrid communicates that, according to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, has agreed to his transfer to Juventus FC.

"Today Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the most brilliant times in the history of our club and world football.
 
"Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement."

Crucial for the trophies we won in the past years! A true champion. It was a pleasure playing with you! All the best, legend. @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/1C5x2ARSBT

— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 10, 2018

The Portugal international scored two goals against Juventus in Reals 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.

The Portuguese, 33, converted a stoppage-time penalty in the second leg to knock the Italians out 4-3 on aggregate.

Ronaldo published an open letter on the Real Madrid website where he thanked the fans for their support.

"The years I've spent at Real Madrid and in the city of Madrid have possibly been amongst the happiest of my life," he said.

"I have only feelings of great thanks towards this club, these fans and this city. I can only but thank all of them for the kindness and affection I've been shown.

"However, I believe that the time has come to embark on a new chapter in my life and that's why I asked the club to allow me to move on. This is how I feel and I would ask everyone, in particular our fans, for their understanding.

"I've had nine absolutely marvellous years here. They've been nine unique years. It has been an exciting time, full of success, although they've also been tough years because the demands at Real Madrid are extremely high, but I know very well that I'll never be able to forget how I've enjoyed my football here in such a unique way."

The signing of the latest Ballon d'Or winner and top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juve, who have had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but have not won Europe's top prize since 1996.