The Ronaldo Effect: Juventus gains over 1.5m social media followers

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"Cristiano Ronaldo goes into Real Madrid's history as the man who was a step forward, an untiring guy whose desire to always want to score converted the best club of the 20th century into one which dominated Europe at the start of the 21st".

As GCT reported earlier, global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is enjoying a holiday in Greece with his partner and son while awaiting news as to which football club he will be playing for in the future.

According to newspaper reports, Perez, the Real Madrid president, has already reserved the No. 7 shirt for Chelsea's Eden Hazard and even allocated him the same parking spot number at the club's Ciudad training complex.

Juventus begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Bayern Munich on July 25 in Philadelphia, while Ronaldo could make his competitive debut for the club the following month, with Serie A to announce its fixtures for the upcoming season on July 20.

I only have feelings of great gratitude to this club, to the fans and to the city.

Ronaldo ended his letter saying thanks to everyone and, of course, as he said that first time in the stadium nine years ago, 'Hala Madrid!'

While the likes of AC Milan and Inter Milan have fallen on more hard financial times in recent years, Juventus have taken a stranglehold on Italian football, but the signing of a true global superstar is a huge coup not only for Il Bianconeri, but for the whole of Italian football.

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

Ronaldo scored a record 451 goals over nine years at the Bernabeu, having signed from Manchester United and helping deliver four Champions League triumphs.

The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the past year after Paris St Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona last August.

Hazard has been regularly linked with a move to FC Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid over the past three or four seasons but a deal has failed to materlaise.

Cristiano Ronaldo's exit leaves Real Madrid trying to fill a monumental goalscoring void. Kane, at 24, is three years younger than Hazard, and his full potential remains largely unknown. This is Cristiano Ronaldo, a global icon, who has selected Juve above all the other options he must have been given.

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