The Portugal captain revealed he had lucrative offers from Qatar and China, but chose to move to Turin for footballing reasons
Cristiano Ronaldo remains as ambitious as ever as he prepares to leave his mark on Juventus after officially completing his £99.2 million switch from Real Madrid.
The 33-year was unveiled in front of his new adoring fans by the Serie A club on Monday evening after passing a medical earlier in the day.
He told a press conference: “The nine years at Real Madrid were wonderful, but it’s a brand new step in my life, so I thank all the supporters with my heart.
“But I have to focus on this next step. I’m looking forward to playing. I’m very motivated, concentrated and focused on that.
“I’m going to try to show that I am a top player, as usual. I’m going to work hard in training. I don’t think I have to show what I am more than that – you know my stats.
“But I am very ambitious and I like challenges. I don’t like to stay in my comfort zone, I like to seize new challenges.
“After the experiences in Manchester and in Madrid, I’d like to mark the history of Juventus. I like challenges, again, and I hope everything will go very well.”
Ronaldo’s future has often been subject to much speculation, with Manchester United fans always clinging to the belief he would one day return.
But, despite his age, the Portugal captain had a stern warning for anyone thinking he was taking an easy option.
The 33-year-old revealed he had chosen to join Juventus rather than head for one last big pay day in the Middle or Far East.
He said: “I’m here because it’s a brand new challenge for my career. It’s a big club and usually players of my age go to Qatar or to China, with all due respect, so coming to such an important and outstanding club at this point in my career makes me very happy.
“That’s why I’m very grateful to Juventus for this opportunity because I can go on with my career.”
Asked what Juventus could give him during his four years in Turin, Ronaldo replied: “I can see that Juventus is a club that can have many successes.
“They have won domestic cups and Serie A titles, and they were in the final of the Champions League, so I am so proud to be here, I am so proud that they were interested in me.
“I hope I can give the best response on the field during matches, that’s what I can do. I hope I can take them to an even higher level.”
The Portugal captain spent the day meeting fans as well as his new Juve teammates and boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Despite coming off a draining campaign with Real Madrid where he won the Champions League and a World Cup with his country, Ronaldo had his eyes on the first Serie A game of the year.
He said: “I’ve already met Allegri and I start training on the 30th, I want to play on the first matchday of Serie A.”
Source : TalkSport