Portugal international midfielder Luis Figo has signed for Inter Milan in a reported two-year deal with the club.
Figo has swapped La Liga for Serie A
The 32-year-old Figo said: "I have a great deal of determination for this new adventure.
"I am curious to learn about the Italian championship. I know I can play at this level for another two years and I can't wait to start."
Figo had been linked with a move to Liverpool, but the deal fell through when Real Madrid demanded a fee.
He arrived at the Bernabeu in 2000 after a sensational £37m transfer from arch rivals Barcelona.
And he was widely regarded as the big-spending club's first ever "galactico" and helped them to the league title in his first full season at the club.
The former World and European Player of the Year went on to play an important part in Real's victory in the 2002 European Cup and 2003 Spanish championship.
"I'm going to see if Inter will let me play a bit of football," said Figo, who fell out of favour at Real last season.
"On Saturday I'll give a news conference to say goodbye to the Real fans as I can't do that by playing."