Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, convinced him to leave as he was no longer “indispensable to them”
The Portuguese superstar ended a historic nine-year stay at Real in the summer for a €112m switch to Serie A champions Juventus.
Ronaldo left the Spanish capital with an all-time goal record of 450 goals in 438 games along with 15 major trophies, which included four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles.
But now Ronaldo has revealed he realised his time at Real was up as his relationship with Pérez declined.
“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,” Ronaldo told 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, 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.”
Ronaldo also denied claims that Zinedine Zidane’s resignation as manager was a factor in his decision to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Without a five-time Ballon d’Or winner leading the charge, Real have lost five of their last seven games with only four goals scored in the process.
Former midfielder Steve McManaman expressed his disbelief that the club did not sign a replacement for Ronaldo after their shocking 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.