Real Madrid President Florentino Perez confessed Cristiano Ronaldo is “the greatest player I ever signed, an exemplary professional who never caused problems.”
CR7 won a record five editions of the Ballon d’Or, four of them while wearing the Real Madrid jersey, but requested a move to Juventus last summer.
“I assumed he wanted new challenges and he took advantage of that moment to embrace them,” Perez told Onda Cero.
“Cristiano was an exemplary professional who never caused problems. He’s the greatest player I ever signed and my relationship with him was always excellent, both as a player and a man. We didn’t have any problems regarding money.
“There were rumours about him wanting to leave because of the tax case, but that’s not the reality of the situation. He wanted a change and to improve his contract, so he found it at Juventus and everyone was happy.”
Real Madrid went from winning the Champions League three years in a row to crumbling both in Europe and La Liga, which some say is partly down to losing Ronaldo.
“It’s hard to find a replacement for someone like Cristiano, but we had good players anyway, such as Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Vinicius… I don’t think that was the problem this season.”