Cristiano Ronaldo Over Leaving Real Madrid Says, I Was No Longer Indispensable To Them

| October 30 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward player for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team on Tuesday revealed that he decided to quit Real Madrid this summer because of the unusual behaviour of Spanish club's president, Florentino Perez.

Speaking to media the Portuguese forward said, "He only ever looked at me as a business relationship. I know it. What he told me was never from the heart."

It is learnt that the 33-year-old Ronaldo signed for Italy's Juventus from Real Madrid in July for 100 million euros and has helped his new club to an unbeaten start in Serie A this season, netting seven goals in ten appearances for the Italian Champions. "In the first four or five years (at Real) I had the feeling of being 'Cristiano Ronaldo'. Less so 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," he said.

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Further, Ronaldo also added, "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." "My decision to leave was not based on Zidane's," Ronaldo said.

"That being said, it's one of those little things that made me feel a bit better about what I thought about the situation at the club. He says he feels vindicated by the decision to join a club where he feels loved. "If it had all been about money, I'd have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much. I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more, but the difference is at Juve they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear," the 33-year old said.