Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been criticised by the club’s former chief for selling Cristiano Ronaldo while he was still at the peak of his powers.

The Portuguese star left the Bernabeu in 2018 and joined Juventus for £99m after a hugely successful period in Spain.

Los Blancos though have struggled in Europe since his departure while Ronaldo has continued to find the net with regularity in Italy.

Eden Hazard was bought in to fill the void but has struggled and Ramon Calderon remains baffled by Perez’s decision to offload one of the world’s best players.

He told Goal : “That attitude and his natural conditions make him unbeatable. Without a doubt, he is an example for young people who aspire to succeed in the sport.

The player understood that it [joining Real Madrid ] was a great opportunity to advance his career and obtain titles and earn personal recognition.

“He was not wrong, he achieved four Ballons d’Or and four  Champions League  titles, and set records in terms of goals scored in several seasons. Something within reach of very few people.

“It was a big mistake by the current president [Florentino Perez] to sell him for €110m ($133m/£99m) after nine years in the team. It is a pity because he is showing in  Italy  that he is still one of the best in the world.” Continue reading

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