Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo was the reason behind Zinedine Zidane’s exit from La Liga team just five days after guiding them to their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
The Frenchman announced his resignation as the manager of Real Madrid just a few days after defeating Liverpool in Champions League final. Zidane’s exit from Real came as shock to the footballing world. Soon after his exit, Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid’s all-time highest goalscorer, also bid adieu to the Spanish giants.
Ronaldo spent nine years with Real Madrid before switching loyalties to Juventus. Now a year after their exit, Ramon Calderon made this startling revelation.
As per Bleacher Report’s Richard Fitzpatrick, Calderon said that Zidane wanted Ronaldo to stay and Gareth Bale to be transferred from Santiago Bernabeu. But Madrid president Florentino Perez did the exact opposite and that’s when Zidane decided to leave.
“He insisted on keeping Cristiano and transferring Bale,” Calderon said, before adding, “The president did completely the opposite. Zidane also wanted to sign some players and transfer others—apart from Bale—but he didn’t get [his wishes], so he decided to leave. And he was right.”
However, Perez denied the accusation.
Bale’s injury issues continue to plague him in the ongoing season. The Wales man has scored just four goals in 15 appearances for the club. On the other hand, Ronaldo has been soaring to new heights with Juventus.