Juventus completed the biggest signing in their history this week by confirming the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid on a four-year deal.
Given the various add ons involved, the Bianconeri are set to fork out €112 million for the transfer, while the overall outlay of the deal is being declared in the region of €340m.
But how did they get their man? And how did Ronaldo’s relationship with Real Madrid break down so badly? We take a closer look.
Despite the grumblings the previous summer and in other recent transfer windows from Ronaldo, the story began where it ends: in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the greatest goals of his career with a phenomenal overhead kick which even saw him cheered by the Bianconeri faithful, a gesture which was remembered and appreciated by Ronaldo.
“That was one of the nicest moments I’ve had,” he said after the game of the ovation. “For people to applaud me at a stadium like that of Juventus, where they’ve had and have great players, is a top moment.
“I’m very happy and excited because this has always been a club that I’ve liked since I was a little boy. For them to applaud you, that stays in your heart.
“I have to thank all of the Italians who were here in the stadium and who applauded me. Grazie!”
The night the bombshell dropped and that he really hinted that he could be set to depart Los Blancos came after their 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final.
It was an announcement which took everyone by surprise and even angered many within Real, who believe that it was neither the time nor the place to discuss his unhappiness and potential move.
“Soon I’ll give an answer to the fans that have always been by my side,” he told beIN Sports. “But it was very nice to be at Real Madrid.”
It proved to be his final game for Los Merengues.
As the build up to the World Cup began, it emerged through various reports coming from the Portugal camp and within the Bernabeu that Ronaldo was indeed serious.
It was no ploy as there had been in recent years and on this occasion, the 33-year-old made it clear that his mind up and he was set on leaving.
The first concrete reports linking Juventus with a move for the wantaway Real Madrid man began to filter through and it emerged that they were indeed serious about signing him.
It was reported that Los Blancos were even willing to waive the player’s €1 billion buyout clause and enter negotiations with the Old Lady over an appropriate fee for the player.
This was the night when things began to take a serious turn.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his right-hand man Jose Angel Sanchez held a late night meeting in the Spanish capital with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the player’s future.
Mendes insisted that his client had his heart set on departing and it was agreed that if he could find a buyer willing to pay €100m for Ronaldo then he could leave.
However, Real’s hierarchy also explained that they wanted Ronaldo to publicly state that it was he who pushed for the move and not the club, something they made clear in the press release to announce the transfer.
Spanish newspaper MARCA republished an interview with Ronaldo from January in which he was also sowing the seeds of his exit and in which he also hinted that he expected such summer movement.
It also detailed how his reasons for wanting to exit were much more to do with feeling disrespected and unprotected by the club.
“If I’m valued at €100m, then it is because they don’t love me,” said Ronaldo, foreshadowing the eventual amount that Real were willing to sell him for.
While holidaying in Greece with his family, Ronaldo remained in close discussions with his entourage and in particular Mendes as he attempted to broker a move to Juventus.
It was then when he gave his word to Andrea Agnelli and promised that Juventus would be his next club.
The day that everything had been leading up to.
On Tuesday, July 10, all of the speculation was finally put to rest when it was announced by both Real Madrid and Juventus that the deal was done.
For a fee of over €100m, the reigning Ballon d’Or holder joined the Italian champions, signing a four-year contract.