Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid saw me as a business

Cristiano Ronaldo has criticised Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for viewing him as a business and hinting that was behind his decision to leave.

The Portuguese star joined Juventus in a €100m deal this summer after scoring 450 goals across nine seasons in the Spanish capital.

“I felt that inside the club, especially on the part of the president, I was not under the same consideration as I was when I started with the club,” Ronaldo told France Football, as cited by ESPN FC.

“The first four or five years there, I had the feeling of being Cristiano Ronaldo. Then, I felt it less. The look in the president's eyes told me that he no longer felt the same, that I was no longer indispensable and that I was a business.

“Sometimes I watched the news where they said I had asked to leave. There was a little bit of that, but the truth is that I got the impression the president wouldn't stand in my way. So I decided to continue my life elsewhere, to listen to offers from other clubs. Little by little, the idea took shape.”

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