Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has opened up Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009, claiming that many in the squad were not surprised at his decision, considering that the weather in England was a big problem for the Portugese superstar.
The 35-year-old made a then world-record £80million move to Spain in 2009 and Neville has revealed that the squad were prepared for his exit as they realised that Ronaldo had his heart set for the move.
💬 Gary Neville on Cristiano Ronaldo leaving #mufc:
“I think he also wanted to obviously live in Spain and do La Liga. But the weather was a big problem for him and I felt like he’d almost travelled his path, he’d done the journey.” pic.twitter.com/DVX3ly9zSn
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“I think because he did the interview after the 2008 final where he sort of alluded to the fact that he was going, it was almost like you had an advanced warning. ‘So you were almost ready-prepared for it, you knew he was leaving the year after. It was coming, it was obvious that one day he would want to go and experience Madrid and La Liga,” he said to Sky Sports, as quoted by Metro.
“I didn’t speak to Cristiano for instance about him staying at the club for longer. I think I may have said to him during the year when he was maybe… the weather was a big problem for Cristiano.”
There was no doubt that it was good decision on Ronaldo’s part as he went on to become Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer while also leading them to five Champions League trophies.