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Ronaldo Speaks Amid Transfer Rumours

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after being left on the bench for Juventus' last match of the season, and many have interpreted his comments as a goodbye.

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The 36-year-old joined the Bianconeri from Real Madrid for a club-record fee in 2018, and has since become the first player in the history of Europe's top five leagues to score 100 goals for three different teams.

Ronaldo has also claimed team and individual accolades in Italy that he set out to achieve three years ago, and took to social media on Monday night to state that he has "reached a goal", before thanking those who have taken part in his journey.

"The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs," he wrote on Instagram.

"Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.

"This year we couldn't win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well-deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms.

"The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.

Ronaldo finished high up in the final 2020/21 European Golden Shoe ranking: 

"With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and Top Scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.

"I've already said that I don't chase records, records chase me. For those who don't understand what I mean by this, it's very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals.

"It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other.

"So, I'm very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy.

"Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I've left my mark in the countries where I've played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented.

"This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I'll always keep chasing for until the last day. Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!"

Ronaldo was left on the bench for Juve's 4-1 Serie A win over Bologna on the weekend, with manager Andrea Pirlo insisting after the game that he took that decision was due to the forward showing signs of fatigue.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Ronaldo's future, although there appears to be less urgency after the Old Lady managed to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

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