Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Lionel Messi after Juventus transfer

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Spain's Real Madrid agreed this week to transfer the five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo to Juventus after the player asked to leave.

Having spent a night in new surroundings, the 33-year-old was back under the spotlight on Monday morning as he headed for his medical.

"At the end of the story we will see who is the best". Manchester [United] did not want to sell him and it was very hard. As I said before, I've made history at Real Madrid and I've given everything to them.

"I believe in my football, and my team-mates".

The five-time victor said: "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".

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MIGUEL MEDINA AFP

While Juve have won the last seven league titles on the trot, Napoli ran Maxi Allegri's side close last season, and will be hoping that their new manager Carlo Ancelotti can provide the experience needed to succeed. I want to work hard and help Juve win trophies, and the team will help me in order to win together. "We'll fight for all trophies - Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League". I did not take the decision to join Juventus after the Champions League final, though. "It gives me so much motivation for the future".

It is an opportunity Ronaldo is relishing.

Juventus have long had a habit of buying up all the talent Serie A has to offer - notably signing Gonzalo Higuain from title rivals Napoli in 2016 - but their resources do not necessarily mean the race is over before it has begun this term. "I wish him all the best except when he is playing against Madrid".

He finished his letter by saying: "Thanks to everyone and, of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!" This is a challenge and I'm ready for it. Players of my age often go to other countries like Qatar and China, while I'm here for a big challenge ... I'm here because it's a brand new challenge for my career.

"And I am sure everything will be successful". Drogba told La Stampa newspaper as cited in Football-Italia Juventus are set to play Real Madrid in a pre-season International Champions Cup tournament in the United States, with the match taking place at FedEx Field in Washington on Saturday, 4 August.

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