Cristiano Ronaldo opens up about his decision to leave Real Madrid this summer


Real Madrid are really missing Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment.

Los Blancos have accumulated just 14 points this season in 10 league games and sit a lowly ninth in the La Liga table.

Their most recent defeat came at the hands of Barcelona on Sunday afternoon, with Madrid being thrashed 5-1 by their fierce rivals.

In contrast, Ronaldo is flying at Juventus.

The Turin based club are unbeaten so far in Serie A, winning nine of their opening 10 games.

Ronaldo has managed to score seven times in 12 games as The Old Lady have built a six point lead at the top of the table.

But why exactly did Ronaldo decide to leave Los Blancos for the Italian club?

The 33-year-old has gone in depth about his decision to leave the Spanish giants for Juventus and he has pinpointed his relationship with Madrid president Florentino Perez as the main factor for his departure.

“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,” he told France Football, per the Guardian.

Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Empoli on Saturday

“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.

Ronaldo felt he had to leave Real Madrid because of his relationship with Florentino Perez

"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.”

And Ronaldo insisted Zinedine Zidane's departure did not influence his decision to leave.

“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.”

Regardless of his reasons for leaving, Madrid will be wishing they still had Ronaldo among their ranks after the turmoil they have been through this season.

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