Cristiano Ronaldo thanked fans of Real Madrid Football Club in an open letter after accepting a 100-Million Euros from Juventus. The Portugal star served 9-long years at the club and the rumours were making the rounds that he is looking for a change.

On July 10 the move was finally made public. But Ronaldo, who is a hot-favourite at Madrid left an emotional open letter for his fans where he mentioned how much he will miss Santiago Bernabeu and how he will always feel he owns it. He spoke of how the fans conquered hearts.

Here are excerpts from the letter.

“These years at Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life,” the 33-year-old said.

“I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this sport and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.

“However, I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.

“They have been absolutely wonderful for nine years. They have been nine unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, but also hard because Real Madrid is very demanding, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way.

“I have had fabulous team-mates on the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won three Champions Leagues in a row – and four in five years.

“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.

“Thank you infinitely once more to our fans, and thanks also to Spanish football. During these nine exciting years, I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition to all of them.”

(With inputs from Real Madrid Twiter official handle)