Speaking openly for the first time about his departure from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that president Florentino Perez viewed him only in business terms.
After almost a decade in the Spanish capital, one filled with success, the Portuguese star left in the summer for a new adventure with Italian champions Juventus.
In an interview with France Football, he has discussed the lack of warmth and affection he felt in his relationship with the main man at Real Madrid.
“Florentino Perez never looked at me in any way other than as part of a business relationship,” said Ronaldo.
“The things he told me, he never said from the heart.
“I achieved many good things at Real Madrid and had many incredible moments with very valuable teammates that I will always remember.
“I will also always remember the fans, but I think that after nine years there it was time for a change and time to move clubs.
“I felt inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start.
“The president looked at me as if I was no longer indispensable to them.”
Ronaldo was also keen to stress that his move to Italy was not financially motivated and explained why footballing reasons convinced him that Juventuswere the best fit.
“If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much as here or at Real Madrid,” continued the former Manchester United man.
“I did not come to Juventus for the money.
“I earned the same in Madrid, if not more.
“The difference is that, at Juventus, they really wanted me.
“They told me that and made it clear.
“They showed me how much they wanted to have me here.”
He also spoke about the Ballon d’Or, which is given out by France Football, stating that he is not obsessed about it.