In the time of sacking Julen Lopetegui, Cristiano reveals the line of thought on his exit.
Amidst the chaos surrounding Real Madrid, their all-time highest goalscorer and current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed a pessimistic change in the atmosphere at Santiago Bernabeu forced him for the switch, especially the relationship with president Florentino Perez.
Cristiano switched the ships to the Old Lady after spending nine years with Real Madrid, scoring 450 goals and assisting 131 goals as well. Though the club insisted the transfer happened at his own request, Cristiano, on the other hand, is of another belief claiming the lack of desire the club had to keep him. “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way they did at the start,” he said in an interview with France Football.
“In the first four or five years there, I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterwards. The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them,” he quipped.
“That’s what made me think about leaving. Sometimes I’d look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave. There was a bit of that but the truth is I always had the impression the president would not hold me back.”
Majority of the football fraternity was under the belief that the transfer came in over conflicts over contract extension and Zinedine Zidane‘s exit being the primary reason.
“My decision to leave was not based on his (Zidane’s) departure. That being the case, it’s one of those little things that made me feel a bit better in terms of what I thought of the situation at the club,” Ronaldo said.
“If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than at Juventus or Real Madrid.
“I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more. The difference is that, at Juve, they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear.”
As of now, Ronaldo’s time with Juventus is turning tables with him scoring 12 times for his new club and assisting five more. Elsewhere, Real Madrid are on an all-time low with breaking the record time of a goal drought and going without a win in LaLiga for over a month now.