What Ronaldo said in his first outing as a Juventus player

Cristiano Ronaldo has had his first press conference as a Juventus player – this is what he had to say.

Miralem Pjanić and Cristiano Ronaldo meet as Juventus team-mates
Miralem Pjanić and Cristiano Ronaldo meet as Juventus team-mates ©Getty Images

Why I joined Juventus

"It was an easy decision considering how big Juventus are; they are the best team in Italy, have a great coach, a great president and a team well used to winning. I did not take the decision to join Juventus after the Champions League final, though.

"For me this is not a step backwards. Playing for Juve is a step forward for my career. I'm very honoured that Juve decided to sign me and I want to lift them to an even higher level. I have always wanted to be an example on and off the pitch and I want to continue to that. I want to work hard and help Juve win trophies, and the team will help me in order to win together.

"The standing ovation by the Juve fans after my overhead-kick in Turin last season was a great moment for me. I'm very grateful for their reaction and also for the welcome today. There is great enthusiasm and I just hope to repay them on the pitch."

All Ronaldo's goals against Juventus
All Ronaldo's goals against Juventus

'Not here for a holiday'

"I did not come here for a holiday: I want to leave an important mark in the history of Juventus. I always want to win trophies and be the best. I never thought about winning the Ballon d’Or five times but maybe I can win more here at Juve, why not? It's not something that is troubling my sleep, though.

"I know that every team wants to win the Champions League. There is a chance, but we will fight for all trophies. We must remain calm because the Champions League is very difficult to win. Juve have gone close a few times in recent years but finals are always unpredictable. I hope I can help them get over the line.

"The Italian league is very difficult, tactics are very important here. I know it will be difficult but nothing has been easy in my career and I'm ready to work hard to succeed. I'm calm and positive because I'm sure I will be prepared for this tough new step in my career."

Watch all of Ronaldo's European goals
Watch all of Ronaldo's European goals

I've never been better

"This is a new challenge but I'm well prepared for this and I'm sure everything will go well once again. Players of my age often go to other countries like Qatar and China, while I'm here for a big challenge … I feel at my best both physically and mentally."

Farewell Real Madrid

"My story with Madrid was brilliant. I thank the fans but now I must focus on my new challenge. I will try to show Italy that I'm still a top player. The numbers are there and everybody knows what I have done in football but I like challenges and I want to leave my mark on Juventus' history – just as I did with United and Madrid.

"I'm still very young, and I have always liked challenge. Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid – it has been a dream career so far."

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