It was understood that, after Real Madrid, there was nowhere left to go. And yet Cristiano Ronaldo opted to leave nonetheless amidst his colleagues’ confidence that he would stay in the Spanish capital.
In just 40 days, Los Merengues have lost their coach and star player with Zinedine Zidane’s exit a massive shock to all concerned.
Likewise, Ronaldo’s move to Juventus is seen as a disappointment across the dressing room, even if not with utter surprise thanks to the weeks of rumours.
In spite of the talk and warnings, MARCA understand that many players never truly believed he would go until the deal was confirmed.
With Madrid now having to get used to the fact they won’t again see Ronaldo winning them titles at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, it seems as though the playing staff will need as much time to adjust as the fans.