Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid earlier this summer felt like a dream. The Portuguese superstar had spent over nine years with the Spanish giants, enabling them to attain top European glory yet again.
As of such, when he chose to depart, and abruptly so at that, more than one pair of eyebrows were raised. Initially, it was speculated that manager Zinedine Zidane resigning from his position at the helm of the club may have triggered the forward to break his ties as well.
Later on, Ronaldo himself revealed that he didn’t feel like the ‘number one’ presence at the club and thus chose to depart. But now, a reliable source has revealed a more technical facet involved in his transfer to Juventus.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué, while speaking on the GB Transfer Show (as quoted by the Daily Express), revealed:
“Julen Lopetegui had no idea Cristiano was leaving. There was no real push from Real Madrid for him to go. Cristiano was saying to Real ‘if you want me to stay, then give me a new contract.’”
Balague adds: “And Florentino Perez said OK – but if you wouldn’t mind, lower your buyout clause. To a more manageable buyout clause. How do you think Cristiano reacted to that? He was like ‘they don’t want me, they don’t want me! Go get me a team to Jorge Mendes [his agent].’”
This is an intriguing revelation and speaks volumes about the kind of mentality that is presently powering the 33-year-old.
As of now, he is having the time of his life with the Italian powerhouse, back to his goal-scoring mojo. It certainly appears that the Old Lady’s intent of signing Ronaldo in order to win the Champions League may be a realistic notion after all.