Cristiano Ronaldo has let it be known that he “doesn’t want to stay in Spain” because he is “upset” after being accused of tax fraud in the country; but when did he make the un-predicted decision To Leave Real Madrid?
Only two weeks ago, Ronaldo helped Zinedine Zidane’s side win a 12th European Cup with two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff; can that be his last appearance for the club?
The Decision Was Pre-conceived
The Portuguese megastar has reportedly told Real he wants to leave this summer; but according to AS in Spain, Ronaldo made the decision to leave Los Blancos two months ago, but only told agent Jorge Mendes and his close pals.
Mendes had to let his client say nothing until after the Champions League final to stop a destabilizing environment for the squad. But the CR7 departure idea was there all long.
Can the Portuguese stay anyway?
Ronaldo was left furious after his alleged tax irregularities, over his image rights, were published around the world. He was also annoyed that his criticism was the same as Barca rival Lionel Messi. Real can only hope that Ronaldo will have calmed down after the Confederations Cup.
Ronaldo’s mood at present suggests that he wants to leave even though he signed a new five-year deal at the club; in the Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims were that his decision was “irreversible” and that he has already told team-mates that he wants out.
Can Anyone Make Him Change His Mind?
No. Even Zinedine Zidane cannot persuade the star to stay at Madrid.
Zidane knows Ronaldo has enormous respect for him, as a player, coach and man. It is less than a year since Ronaldo was persuaded by Zidane to accept reduced game time to keep him sharp in the latter part of his career. And this worked.
Zidane was not the only one to call, to try for change of heart; as Real skipper Sergio Ramos, who has not always been in the Portuguese’s good books; also tried. But neither call made any difference. It seems like nothing will make him stay. He explained to Zidane: “In Spain I am treated like a criminal. It starts with the media.”
Though it may all have started as a play to make Real increase the sum of the megastar, it is getting far now. The claimed £350million package Manchester United will have to offer to bring, may not seem fake. Besides, there is also the need for Ronaldo to end his personal feud with Mourinho; plus the fact they are both represented by Mendes which should allow a meeting of minds.