Florentino Perez on Ronaldo: The Real Madrid president spoke about his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo after his departure.
Cristinao Ronaldo left Real Madrid in a stunning move to Juventus this summer. The move came a month after Zinedine Zidane announced his resignation as the boss of ‘Los Blancos.’
Various reports claimed that the relationship between Ronaldo and club’s president Florentino Perez soured over the season, which led to the Portuguese’s star’s departure. Perez, however, has denied these reports in a recent interview with Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito.
Perez insisted that Ronaldo has cemented himself in the record books at Real Madrid and is the worthy successor of Alfredo De Stefano.
“Cristiano has remained at the heart of all Madridistas. If I saw him today I’d give him a big hug, he’s the worthy heir to Alfredo Di Stefano,” said the Real Madrid president.
“We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons, and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him. We got the highest value we could.”
Florentino Perez insists Real Madrid got the highest value they could for Cristiano Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/6Xn8qBhOzi
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 23, 2018
Ronaldo won various domestic, continental and inter-continental honours with Real Madrid during his time at the club, and also won four ‘world player of the year’ awards during his stay in Madrid. He scored on 451 occasions for Real Madrid, which is a club record.
“I would have given a hug to Cristiano. He is the worthy successor of Di Stéfano. Someday he’ll return.” pic.twitter.com/zo7yYtSyt2
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) September 24, 2018
“One day he’ll return to Real Madrid,” Perez insisted.
English outlet Mirror reports that Real Madrid may have to compete with David Beckham’s Inter Miami for the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo, if they ever have an opportunity to buy back the football superstar.
Ronaldo, however, has repeatedly stated that he would prefer to finish his career at a top European club, rather than moving to Major League Soccer or Chinese Super League.