They didn't, which is a big part of the reason Juventus is willing to pay a reported $35 million to bring Ronaldo to the team.
Madrid made it absolutely clear in their statement of the sale that it was Ronaldo's decision to leave-not theirs to sell.
The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the previous year after Paris St Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record fee last August.
"Real Madrid has conquered my heart and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thanks: thanks to the club, to the president, to the directors, to my friends, to all the coaches, doctors, physios, incredible workers that make everything function that are attending tirelessly to every detail".
"It was very nice to be at Real Madrid", he said (h/t the Irish Independent).
With speculation over his future at a feverish pitch, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has left the day job far behind and is enjoying a bit of well-overdue down time. It's widely accepted that Ronaldo will sign a four year deal with the Italian side, earning an astonishing €30 million per season in Turin.
Like he has in recent years for Real and Portugal, Ronaldo could occupy the No. 9 role for the Italian side, which is where the aforementioned Higuain has played since his arrival at the club in 2016.
Additionally, the 33-year-old racked up an incredible scoring record with Real, setting in stone a tally of 451 goals in 438 games.
But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me.
"In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination", Madrid added. He also won the Champions League four times, three FIFA Club World Cups and two La Liga titles, as well as the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup twice apiece. Whatever happens, Madrid must replace the goals Ronaldo has scored so consistently. Ronaldo has been the competition's top scorer for the past six years, having had scored the most goals in a single campaign (17).