Manchester United have completed the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £80m.
A statement from United confirmed the Premier League club have received the fee from the Primera Liga club and the deal is now official.
A statement on Real’s website read: “The player will be tied to Real Madrid for the next six seasons. He will be presented on 6 July at the Santiago Bernabeu.”
The “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.
United 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.”
Ronaldo became a pivotal player for United, who have won the last three Premier League titles.
In 2007-08, he scored 42 goals, which topped the previous club record for a midfielder held by George Best and was on the scoresheet as United defeated Chelsea in the Champions League final.
His form through 2008 resulted in him being named Fifa World Player of the Year in January – only a month after he won the Ballon d’Or as the European Player of the Year.
Ronaldo was the top scorer for his club last season, with 26 goals, taking his total for United to 118 in 292 appearances.