Cristiano Ronaldo no longer wants to leave Real Madrid after being “calmed down” by Florentino Perez’s defence of him, according to sources close to his agent Jorge Mendes in Spain.
Sky Sports revealed last week that the current Ballon D’Or holder no longer wanted to play in Spain following a series of tax fraud allegations and subsequent media onslaught in his direction.
President Perez, when asked about the Portuguese, noted that the 32-year-old was “bigger than all of us” and insisted he would remain at the Berbabeu.
And Ronaldo, according to AS’s closest journalist to Mendes, has now calmed down in light of the president’s remarks.
AS's closest journalist to Jorge Mendes saying today that Ronaldo has been calmed down by Perez defence of him and no longer wants to leave
— Richard Martin (@Rich9908) June 21, 2017
Well, that didn’t last very long, did it? Thousands upon thousands of words pontificating over how Ronaldo may fit into the United side, how much he’d cost, how it would impact on market forces and other targets, and so on, all invalidated with as much abruptness as how it all began.
The decision was supposed to be irreversible; Ronaldo was pleading to his agent for a move to Old Trafford; United were interested – three days later, they were not.
All it took, in the end, was a few nice words in public from Real’s de facto plutocrat, mixed with a few private assurances that these tax allegations won’t touch him, I’m sure, to convince the forward to stay.