World Record transfer

Real complete Ronaldo deal

July 1, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Manchester United have completed the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £80m.

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A statement from United confirmed the Premier League club have received the phenomenal one-off fee from the Primera Liga club and the deal is now official.

The massive "unconditional" offer was agreed last month and the Spanish club sent officials to the USA, where Ronaldo was on holiday, to sort out personal terms and conduct a medical ahead of the opening of the transfer window on July 1.

Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to the Portugal winger and also highlighted United's role in developing the 24-year-old into the FIFA World Player of the Year.

"Cristiano has been a marvellous player for Manchester United," Ferguson said. "His six years at Old Trafford have seen him develop into the best footballer in the world.

"His contribution has been a major factor in the club's success in that time and his talent, his ability to entertain and his infectious personality have enthralled fans the world over.

"Everyone here wishes him well in his future career."