He was the ‘KING’ at the Santigo Bernabeu, the legend who carried Real Madrid on his strong shoulders since his move from Premier League side Manchester United in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo was a goal-scoring machine when he donned the white jersey of Madrid terrorizing the defense of the opposition, but his move to Italian Champions Juventus shocked the football fans around the world. In his seven seasons at in the Madrid capital, the Portuguese skipper scored 450 goals in 438 appearances.
His move to the Italian club had left many questions unanswered. While it looked like the transfer saga was a closed chapter, the man himself has opened the lid and revealed the real reason behind his exit.
Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday revealed that he left his former club Real Madrid because its president Florentino Perez saw him as a ‘business deal’ and the Portuguese felt that he was just a means of making money and was not wanted by the Spanish giants.
In an interview to France Football, Ronaldo slammed Perez and said, “He only ever looked at me as a business relationship. I know it. What he told me never came from the heart.”
Ronaldo said that he could feel it inside the club that he was no longer ‘indispensable’ to them. “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start. 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, if you know what I mean.”
“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 that I always had the impression that the president would not hold me back. If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than here (at Juventus) or at Real. 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. They showed me that.”
When the deal was made official the three-time consecutive winners of Champions League had claimed that the Portugal captain’s transfer is ‘at the will and the request of the player,’.
The former Real Madrid star is currently involved in a huge crises after Kathryn Mayorga, accused him of rape and claimed that she was assualted by the football star in 2009 and was later paid to not pursue criminal charges.
Speaking on how the case has affected his life, he said, “Of course, this story is interfering in my life. I have a partner, four children, an ageing mother, sisters, a brother, a family with whom I am very close. Not to mention my reputation, which is that of someone exemplary … Imagine what it means when someone accuses you of rape, whether you have all that or not. I know who I am and what I did. Truth will out one day. And the people who criticise me or seek to expose my life today, who make it into a circus, these people will see.”
“I explained to my partner. My son, Cristiano Jr, is too young to understand. It’s worst for my mother and my sisters. They are stunned, and at the same time very angry. This is the first time I have seen them in this state,” he said.