'Florentino Perez Made Me Leave Real Madrid', Says Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo says he was sure to leave Real Madrid after it became clear that his relationship with the club's president, Florentino Perez was simply business.
This revelation comes amid talks to sack Lopetegui who could be quickly replaced by former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte.
Ronaldo believes the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, only ever saw him as a means of making money and has said the deterioration of their relationship convinced him to call time on a glittering nine-year spell at the club.
The forward, who joined Juventus for around €100m in July, departed Spain as Real’s all-time leading goalscorer having helped inspire the club to 15 major trophies, including four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles.
In an interview with France Football he was damning of Pérez.
“He only ever looked at me as a business relationship,” he said. “I know it. What he told me never came from the heart.”
The club has claimed Ronaldo’s transfer was instigated “at the will and the request of the player”.
The Portugal international suggested Pérez’s attitude towards him had changed.
Ronaldo admits that his weakening displays at some point put tremendous pressure on him psychologically and Perez didn't have to talk, his body language was enough.
“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 said.
“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", he added.