A crowd of 80,000 fans turned out at the Bernabeu Stadium on Monday to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo
signed for a record $130 million.
Ronaldo said he dreamed of playing for Real Madrid but had never been to the legendary Madrid stadium before Monday night.
"I am very happy to
be here," Ronaldo, clad in Real's all-white strip and his new number nine shirt, said. "A childhood dream has come true for me, to come to Real Madrid. It's incredible that the stadium is full just
for me," he added, before showing off his skills with the ball and greeting fans.
Ronaldo is the most expensive signing in a $300 million spending spree by Florentino Perez
, who is beginning his second reign as Real Madrid president.
Also signed were Brazilian midfielder Kaka
striker Karim Benzema
and Spanish defender Raul Albiol
Perez's first term was highlighted by the signing
of "Galacticos" David Beckham
, Zinedine Zidane
and Luis Figo