Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent comments over Real Madrid’s decision to sell Angel di Maria have been met with fury at boardroom level at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Paul Breen-Turner.
The journalist claims that Florentino Perez is angry over Ronaldo’s decision to reveal his feelings behind Di Maria’s exit to Manchester United - the winger made a £59.7 million move before deadline day - after the Portugal captain revealed in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca that he didn’t want the deal to go through.
Yesterday quotes from the superstar, who is widely recognised as one of the best players in world football, did the rounds online, with Ronaldo having said “If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so [sold Di Maria].”
Yet whereas Ronaldo’s importance to the Madrid squad moving forward means he can do most things without impunity, Breen-Turner believes that his latest outburst, which comes almost exactly a year after he confronted Perez over his decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, may have landed him in deep water.
“Florentino Perez is said to be furious at these comments and we’re just waiting now to see what happens," the talkSPORT expert said.
What’s more, Breen-Turner then highlighted the aforementioned debacle involving Ozil, and went on to imply that the recurrence with regards to Perez’s decision-making in the transfer market could lead to more problems between Ronaldo and his club further down the line.
The Ozil complication
"Ronaldo went along before and saw the president and said, ‘Look we need Ozil, he’s a good guy and he’s an important player’ and then when he heard Di Maria was potentially on his way, Ronaldo took the captain, [Sergio] Ramos along with him for a bit of support.
"But the same thing has happened again, the player left. So Ronaldo is absolutely furious and Xabi Alonso going to Bayern Munich is another disappointment for him.”
The future of Ronaldo
With the transfer window having firmly shut now until at least January, Ronaldo will have plenty of time to get to grips with Di Maria’s departure before he decides whether or not he wants to make a serious fuss over it.
The idea of him leaving the Bernabeu would have been inconceivable coming off the back of the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid at the tail-end of last term, though now Breen-Turner is of the opinion that the strained relationship between him and Perez could make feasible a scenario wherein Ronaldo makes a stunning return to United.
"Ronaldo is not happy at the moment. The other thing that’s happened today is he’s praised Manchester United and said it’s a top, top signing to take [Radamel] Falcao to Old Trafford,” he speculated.
"Everything he’s saying, everything he’s doing, is surely teeing it up for a return to Manchester United at the end of the season."
Could the move happen?
Based on the information at hand United fans shouldn’t be getting themselves too worked up just yet, as it will certainly take more than a few comments made to Marca to force Perez to the point wherein selling his most prized asset is the best option.
That being said Louis van Gaal is desperate to turn the Red Devils back into a dominant European force, and the capture of Ronaldo would serve just as much to enable him to do that as it would shock his Premier League rivals.
Is the move likely? No. Could a sensational return take place sometime in the future? Only time will tell.