Cristiano Ronaldo says Juve applause for overhead kick helped him decide move

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says it was "an easy decision" to swap life at Real Madrid for that at Juventus, with a €100 million (£89m/$114m) transfer allowing him to fulfil a childhood dream.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he turned down an offer to become Real Madrid head coach because of the respect he has for his club.

The Portuguese captain said he chose to play for the Turin club because it was a great club and since he was a child, he has been hoping to one-day play for Juve. "I absolutely don't want to be equated with them because they're players who wrote Juventus' history, whereas I've only been here for four years".

"We've met Juventus on a couple of occasions in recent years and I've always had the feeling that Italian fans liked Cristiano".

The 33-year-old said shortly after his move that Juve supporters' reaction to the goal he scored on an acrobatic overhead kick in the Champions League quarterfinal in April taught him they had an appreciation for quality football. "Something like that had never happened to me".

"It was a attractive feeling".

'I felt surprised at the beginning. "That's my job. I'll try to enjoy it as much as I can and make Juventus even better".

Ronaldo just put his side 3-0 up with one of the greatest goals in the history of the competition and as he wheeled away in celebration, numerous homefans rose to their feet and applauding a rival player out of respect for the brilliance he had just served up. Now I will play for a fantastic club, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I won't say it was the key point in my decision, but every detail helps.

"My priority is to do my best, be professional, try to make the team even better", he said.