Cristiano Ronaldo says a break down in his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez contributed to him leaving in a £100million move to Juventus.
Speaking to France Football magazine, Ronaldo cited how he was treated by Perez as a key reason for turning to pastures news in Serie A.
‘He only ever looked at me as a business relationship,’ Ronaldo said. ‘I know it. What he told me never came from the heart.
‘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. 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.
‘That’s what made me think about leaving. Sometimes I’d look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave. There was a bit of that, but the truth is that I always had the impression that the president would not hold me back.’
Ronaldo left Madrid off the back of winning three straight Champions League titles. His departure, alongside the shock resignation of manager Zinedine Zidane, rocked the Spanish giants and they have arguably still not recovered.
They were thrashed 5-1 by fierce rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday and are currently languishing ninth in La Liga with manager Julen Lopetegui expected to be sacked this week.
Ronaldo said money did not motivate his move to Italy, adding that he chose to join them because they made him feel wanted.
‘If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than here [at Juventus] or at Real,’ Ronaldo said.
‘I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more. The difference is that, at Juve, they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear. They showed me that.’
Ronaldo has scored seven goals in 12 matches for Juventus so far, including a double in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Empoli.
Juventus are first in Serie A with 28 points from 10 matches – a lead of six points over second-place Napoli.