Cristiano Ronaldo says “age is not important” to him after signing for Juventus on a four-year deal at the age of 33.
The 33-year-old signed for the Italian champions on July 10 for a fee understood to be £105m. It ends his nine-year stay at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, who requested the transfer from Real Madrid, confirmed Juventus’ reported £30m-a-year offer was his only one during this summer transfer window.
“Usually players of my age go to Qatar or China, with all due respect, so coming to such an important and outstanding club at this point of my career makes me very happy,” Ronaldo said.
He completed a medical in Turin on Monday, where 5,000 shopkeepers in the north-western Italian city have put up posters that read “Bem-vindo!” – welcome in Portuguese.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives at Juventus on the back of four Champions League titles in five years with Real Madrid, but he has targeted more trophies at the Italian club.
“I’d like to mark the history of Juventus,” he said.
The Portugal captain insisted he will not turn his back on his national team and said joining Juventus is “not a holiday”.
“I’m very well physically, mentally and emotionally so that’s why I’m so proud of being here and of the way I came here,” he said. “It gives me so much motivation for the future.