Malaga v Real Madrid - La Liga
MALAGA, SPAIN - MAY 16: Head coach Manuel Pellegrini (L) gives instructions to Cristiano Ronaldo during the La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda Stadium on May 16, 2010 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini expressed his shock by the club’s decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus

Los Blancos have struggled greatly in front of goal without Ronaldo leading the attack and have failed to find the net in their last four matches, three of which they lost.

Pellegrini, who led Real to a second place finish during the 2009/10 La Liga campaign with a then-club record tally of 96 points, feels that Ronaldo should have finished his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Madrid have lost a lot of goals, Cristiano took too many goals with him when he left. He should have ended his career in Madrid and I was surprised they allowed him to leave,” Pellegrini told El Larguero.

The now-West Ham United manager doubts that Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will be able to fill the void left by Ronaldo.

“There is a difference between (Gareth) Bale and Cristiano, who has made the difference for the last 10 years,” he said.

“He (Benzema) has been at Madrid for nine years and has a goals average he will maintain. He is a mixture between a creative player and one who operates on the edge of the area.”

Real will next face Levante in La Liga on October 20 at the Santiago Bernabeu.