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    Cristiano Ronaldo: 'I no longer felt valued at Real Madrid'


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    Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he left Real Madrid in the summer because he no longer felt valued by the club and by president Florentino Perez.

    The Portuguese won 16 trophies - including four Champions League titles - during a glittering nine-year spell with Los Blancos where he scored 450 goals, becoming the club's record goalscorer.

    Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in July in a deal worth around £105m, has dismissed the notion that his move to Turin was driven by money.

    "He [Perez] only ever looked at me as a business relationship. I know it. What he told me never came from the heart," Ronaldo said in an interview with France Football.

    "I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start. In the first four or five years there, I had the feeling of being 'Cristiano Ronaldo'. Less afterwards.

    "The president looked at me through eyes that didn't want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean. That's what made me think about leaving.

    "Sometimes I'd look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave. There was a bit of that, but the truth is that I always had the impression that the president would not hold me back.

    "If it had all been about money, I'd have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than here [at Juventus] or at Real. I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more.

    "The difference is that, at Juve, they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear. They showed me that."

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