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‘Selling Ronaldo was lunacy from Real Madrid’

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An ex-president believes that the consequence of the ‘stupid’ decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo is now being faced by Real Madrid.

It marked the end of an era when Cristiano Ronaldo finally decided to call time on his nine-year Real Madrid career in 2018.

A match made in heaven, the prolific Portuguese and the Spanish giants wreaked havoc in Europe in the last few years, winning multiple Champions League trophies.

Los Blancos have not been the same without the presence of their greatest goalscorer, facing early exits in the continental competition’s previous two editions.

Although Karim Benzema has done a fine job in shouldering the goalscoring responsibility, the team have often been found unproductive and out of ideas in the attacking third.

Investments were made to bring in Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic to aid the attack, but both the players have drastically struggled to fill the massive void created by the departure of the now Juventus no.7.

Ramon Calderon, a man who held the president’s office at Santiago Bernabeu from 2006 to 2009, like many of the fans, cannot quite figure out why Real Madrid let go of Ronaldo in the first place.

“Since Cristiano was stupidly sold, it was clear that the team needed reinforcements in that position and in others,” said Calderon, via Goal.

“But the sad reality is that the club’s accounts are not only bare but are also full of bills to the tune of around 1,000 million – bills that have to be paid.”