Ex-Real Madrid president says Cristiano Ronaldo 'got angry' about the Neymar rumours


A lot has changed for both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo since the latter's €100m move to Juventus last summer.

Real have struggled for goals without the 33-year-old and currently find themselves nine points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

They're also only fourth favourites with bookmakers to win the Champions League, despite winning it the last three years.

As for Ronaldo, the Portuguese has a decent goalscoring record with Juventus - especially in Serie A - and looks set to end the season with a Scudetto title.

However, the Old Lady aren't doing so well in the Champions League.

Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 first leg means Juventus must score at least three goals in the second leg last month.

With Ronaldo in your team anything is possible, but Atletico have one of the best defences in Europe and it's not often they concede two goals, let alone three.

Ronaldo's reason for leaving Real was reportedly because he didn't feel wanted enough and now the club's former president, Ramon Calderon, has provided further details.

Calderon claims Ronaldo asked for more money after winning the Champions League in May, but Real's current president, Florentino Perez, said no.


The Portugal international was also angry about rumours that the club were prepared to pay a lot of money for Neymar, presumably because his status as star player would have been at risk.

"Cristiano asked for a raise after winning the Champions League and Florentino denied it," Calderon told Radio Villa Trinidad, per The Sun.

"Cristiano also got angry because he heard that Madrid would be willing to pay a lot of money for Neymar.

"Florentino told him that if he brought in a cheque for €100m he would let him go and that's how it was."

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Calderon also explained that Perez wasn't very thankful towards him for signing Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

"Florentino did not accept that Cristiano was a signing of mine," he added. "I don't deny that he has been a great president, but he does not accept well the inheritances that he receives.

"The same thing happened to him with [Iker] Casillas, Raul, [Arjen] Robben and [Wesley] Sneijder."

Ronaldo's exit from Real was rather messy and it sounds like it all stemmed down to disagreements with the club's president.

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