Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon blames Florentino Perez for Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit, but “it wouldn’t be strange for him to join Juventus.” There are multiple reports in Italy, Spain and Portugal that Ronaldo is coming to Juve for €100m, a fee set out in a gentlemen’s agreement between the Ballon d’Or winner and President Florentino Perez in January.
It was Calderon who brokered Ronaldo’s transfer from Manchester United in 2009, although he reveals it was done far earlier. “We reached an agreement with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United in December 2008 to make the move at the end of the season. “It was only made official on July 6, 2009, but the details were all sorted out in December. At the time, Cristiano was decisive in negotiations, as he wanted to wear the Blancos jersey at all costs, but at the same time sought a peaceful exit from a club that he still had great respect for.
“After all, Real Madrid offer every player a unique opportunity to achieve more prestigious targets, both as an individual and a team. This means a great deal when you go to sign a top player. If Ronaldo were to leave Real Madrid, he’d leave a gap that would be impossible to fill. It’s not easy to find a champion who, along with participating in the overall team play, can guarantee over 50 goals per season. Ronaldo has been doing that for nine years and we mustn’t forget it.”