The football world was stunned earlier this year during the summer transfer window when Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid and joined Juventus, after spending nine years with the Spanish club. It came as a shock to many, given how much the 33-year-old loved his club, and the amount of success both he and the club had achieved in the previous few years.
Now, months after his move, the five-time Ballon d'Or has revealed the exact reason as to why he ended his association with Blancos. Speaking to France Football, he said,
"I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning. For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after. The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving."
The former Manchester United star though denied that him joining Juventus was because of Zinedine Zidane leaving the club. "My decision to leave was not based on him going. That said, it was one of the little details that confirmed to me what I had been thinking about the situation at the club," he added.
Ever since his departure, as well as that of Zidane, Real Madrid have struggled, so much so that they are 9th in the La Liga table after 10 matches. Their shocking form, which included a humiliating 5-1 defeat against Barcelona in El Clasico, saw Julen Loptegeui getting sacked as the manager, less than five months after he was appointed.
The former Spanish head coach had made a positive start with his new club, with three wins in the first three La Liga games. But after that, it went downhill for both Lopetegui and Real.
They were shockingly beaten 3-0 by Sevilla in the 6th La Liga fixture, before a goalless draw against neighbors Atletico Madrid the very next match. It was then followed by humiliating 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League, as well as two back to back defeats against Alaves.