Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the footballing world when he parted ways with Real Madrid to make a €100m switch to Juventus in the summer of 2018.
The Portuguese superstar was instrumental in helping Los Blancos win 15 major titles – including an unbelievable tally of 4 Champions League trophies, along with 2 La Liga wins – leaving the Spanish capital club as its all-time leading goalscorer.
Despite being one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid, if not the best, Ronaldo departed from Spain rather unceremoniously, and he has now revealed the exact reason behind his move away from the Bernabeu.
The 33-year-old has finally admitted that club president Florentino Pérez was what drove him away from his dream club.
Speaking to France Football, Cristiano revealed: “He [Pérez] only ever looked at me as a business relationship. I know it. What he told me never came from the heart. 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 asked if Zinedine Zidane’s resignation had anything to do with his own departure, Ronaldo replied: “My decision to leave was not based on his departure. That being the case, it’s one of those little things that made me feel a bit better in terms of what I thought of the situation at the club.”