Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer away from Real Madrid, where he spent nine years did not go down well with the followers of the club, and Indian cricket star batsman Rohit Shama, who is an ardent follower of the Los Blancos club and a fan of Ronaldo, took to social media to express his dismay over the club president Florentino Perez’s treatment of the footballer, which prompted him to leave the club.
Earlier in July this year, the Portuguese international officially signed for Italian Club Juventus from Real Madrid for a fee of 100 million Euros on a 4-year deal.
Following the departure of Ronaldo and former head coach Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid is currently going through a crisis phase, as they are one of their worst-ever forms, and are placed ninth on the La Liga (Spain’s top-flight football league) after a thumping 5-1 defeat by arch-rivals FC Barcelona in the ‘El Clasico’ on Sunday.
Speaking to France Football, The 33-year-old revealed, “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,” he said. “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, Ronaldo said.
“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. 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. The truth is that the president wanted me but, at the same time, he made it known to me that my departure would not constitute a problem,” he added.
After reading the news, a frustrated fan in Rohit Sharma tweeted, “What did you do Mr Perez @realmadrid”
Cristiano Ronaldo had been Real Madrid’s most prized possessions, winning several accolades to his name and for the club, previous campaign’s Champions League victory under former coach Zinedine Zidane being the last. The 5-time Ballon’Dor winner also remains former club Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer scoring 450 goals and registering 119 assists in 438 appearances, averaging 50 goals scored per season.