Friday September 21 2018
Perez: ‘Ronaldo wanted to leave’

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez says Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo “wanted to leave for personal reasons” but “this will always be his home”.

The Ballon d’Or left Los Merengues this summer in a €100m deal, ending his time in Spain as the club’s top goalscorer with 450 goals in just 438 games.

“The release clauses that Real Madrid set for our players are to be dissuading,” Perez told club delegates, as reported by OK Diario.

“The most profitable sale this year was that of Cristiano. He wanted to leave for personal reasons, and when everyone is converging on one solution you come to an agreement.

“No-one offered Real Madrid more than Juventus’ €100m. We can’t do anything but thank Ronaldo for all he did with this shirt.

“He’s the best ever after [Alfredo] Di Stefano and this will always be his home.”