Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Cristiano Ronaldo forcing his way out of Manchester United was a “good thing.”
Ronaldo left the club on Tuesday after his contract was mutually terminated following a bombshell interview in which he criticized both the club and manager Erik ten Hag.
The interview has been heavily criticised, but Calderon, who was president of Madrid from 2006 to 2009, defended Ronaldo’s actions by referencing the forward’s lack of playing time with the Red Devils.
‘Cristiano may be nearing the end of his magnificent career, but he is still a wonderful player,’ Calderon told the Mirror. ‘It must have been so disappointing for him not to be in the Manchester United team.’
‘Of course, United will have their reasons, but somebody of his stature in the game would never accept that. He must be involved in football. He has his glory and prestige to consider, so I believe his time there has been put to an end.
Calderon resigned as president of Los Blancos following allegations of vote rigging to approve the club’s annual financial accounts.
Introducing Ronaldo to Spain for a then-world record £80 million in 2009 was his biggest move throughout his three years at the club.
Ronaldo is currently looking for a new team and has apparently offered his services to Real Madrid, with Chelsea also reportedly interested in signing him.