Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has spoken of why Cristiano Ronaldo did not sign for the Spanish club sooner.
Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and has netted 225 times in 200 appearances for the club.
Having begun his career at Sporting Lisbon and moved to Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo became one of the best players the world has ever seen.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Calderon explains why Ronaldo delayed the move for a year due to his loyalty to Ferguson:
“I got up in the morning to receive a phone call from Real Madrid,” Ramon Calderon told Bleacher Report. “They said, ‘You know what? Cristiano has announced that he’s extended his contract.’ I said, ‘It can’t be.’
“Fifteen or 20 minutes later, I got a phone call from Cristiano, saying, ‘Mr. President, I’m so sorry. I have to do this because I’m quite happy with the club. Ferguson is like a father to me. I’m in love with the fans, everything here, but we have an agreement I will go next year.’
“I said, ‘Of course. It’s up to you.’ So we arranged everything for the next year. We got all the documents done.”
Ronaldo has constantly been linked to various clubs during his spell with Real Madrid. This interview with Calderon goes a long way to explain just why he has seemed despondent at times at Real Madrid.
Calderon’s comments are in stark contrast to Ronaldo who, at the time, insisted he was a slave at the club.
Ferguson nurtured Ronaldo into the player he is today and the respect between the Portuguese striker and Manchester United and its fans is admirable.
He turned 30 in February and might consider a move back to the Premier League one day. United fans would gladly accept their prodigal son if Perez and the Real Madrdi board decide to sell him.