Cristiano Ronaldo’s £90 million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus sent shockwaves around the footballing world and his Los Blancos teammates, including skipper Sergio Ramos, took to Instagram to bid farewell to a player rightly considered as the club’s greatest ever.
Ramos was effusive in his praise with this post:
@Cristiano, tus goles, tus números y todo lo que hemos ganado juntos hablan por sí solos. Te has merecido un lugar destacado en la historia del @RealMadrid. Los madridistas te recordaremos siempre. Ha sido un placer jugar a tu lado bicho. ¡¡Fuerte abrazo y suerte…!! 🍀👍🏻 Cristiano, your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves. You’ve earned a special place in the history of #RealMadrid. As Madridistas we’ll remember you always. It’s been a pleasure to play alongside you, bicho. Big hug and good luck…! 🍀👍🏻
German midfielder Toni Kroos may not have posted a lengthy caption, but his tribute was touching all the same:
Gareth Bale and Ronaldo allegedly haven’t shared the best of relationships during their time at the Bernabeu but the Welshman’s post was special too:
Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro had this to say:
The South American hardman’s post, when translated, reads: “With you I learned, took advantage and won. Thanks for everything, buddy.”
Los Blancos hotshot Marco Asensio’s post:
The Spanish winger’s post, when translated, reads: “It’s been a pleasure playing next to you, you’ve been an example in every way. Wish you much luck in your new stage Cristiano.”
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas wasn’t one to be left behind:
The Costa Rican’s post, after translation, reads: “Cristiano thanks for all the legacy you left at the club, it was always a pleasure to play with you. God bless you in this new stage.”
Winger Lucas Vazquez was another Los Blancos player to post:
The Spaniard’s caption, post translation, read: “It’s been a pleasure, Cris. Just the best.”
Right-back Dani Carvajal was another one who posted:
The Spanish fullback’s post, when translated, reads: “It’s been an honour to play next to you, you’re a legend. With you the best Cristiano.”
High praise from his peers, but after nine trophy-laden seasons, the 33-year-old Portuguese departs a legend of not only the club, but the beautiful game.
In 438 appearances for the Spanish giants, the prolific forward plundered an outrageous 451 goals and his next chapter in Turin is expected to bring in a similar era for the Bianconeri.