A few days later he told us: ‘I’ve been here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’ ‘: Nani reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo would openly discuss leaving Manchester United before setting the world record of £ 80 million in Real Madrid
- Cristiano Ronaldo openly discussed his career plans at Manchester United
- Ex-United teammate Nani claims that his countryman wanted to leave the club
- After six years of trophy-laden Old Trafford, Ronaldo was due to move to Real in 2009
- His world record of £ 80 million would later prove to be a bargain for the Spanish side
Cristiano Ronaldo made no secret of wanting to leave Manchester United to join Real Madrid in 2009, said former teammate and countryman Nani.
Ronaldo, who came to United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, would openly discuss with his colleagues how he would leave the club after six years of trophies in Old Trafford.
The Portuguese talisman got his wish in 2009 when Real Madrid paid £ 80 million for his services – a world record amount at the time.
Cristiano Ronaldo (L) would openly discuss leaving Manchester United, according to Nani (R)
The Portuguese talisman would be granted his wish in 2009 when Real Madrid paid £ 80 million for him
Although Ronaldo often spoke of leaving the Red Devils, Nani admits that the speed of his departure actually surprised United’s dressing room.
“We would stay at the end of the training to do competitions and she [Anderson and Ronaldo] were my teammates, everyone has best friends or some are more comfortable and they were my support, “Nani told the UTD Podcast.
“Some days he [Ronaldo] told us openly “I’ve been here for six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me,” he said several times.
Ronaldo would become a legend at Real where he would win five Champions League titles
But it was always “I’ll see, I’ll see, I’ll see,” but we never thought of it [Real Madrid move] would happen so soon.
“After winning the league the second year he left, he had a great season, so we were still surprised.”
The hefty price tag that Real would pay for Ronaldo would later prove to be a bargain, with the attacker arguably becoming the club’s best player ever.
Before leaving £ 100m to Juventus in 2018, Ronaldo would make a huge mark on Real by becoming the club’s leading goalscorer, winning five Champions League trophies at the time.