This is according to former Ronaldo teammate Gary Neville, who says no one said it would have changed his mind at the time.
Ronaldo joined Man United in 2003 and spent six years at the club, where he won three Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.
Red Devils fans were devastated to see him leave in 2009 when Real Madrid came to call, but as Neville explained, it looks like the Portuguese international has concluded that his time at Old Trafford is over.
Neville said on Sky Sports: “I think because he did the interview after the 2008 final where he alluded to the fact that he was going, it was almost as if you had an early warning.
“So you were almost ready for it, you knew he was going the next year. It was coming, it was obvious that one day he would like to discover Madrid and La Liga. “
Neville continued, “I haven’t spoken to Cristiano, for example, about his time at the club any longer. I think I may have told him during the year he was maybe … the weather was a big problem for Cristiano.
“I think he also obviously wanted to live in Spain and play La Liga. But the weather was a big deal for him and I felt like he had almost walked his way, he had made the trip. “
“And I didn’t think anything I was going to say would get him out of there.
“I think in general, with the players who were leaving, there were very few who left to go up. Now, Cristiano, you could talk about going to Real Madrid and winning four or five European Cups is a step for him where he wanted to challenge himself. “
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“The players who left were mainly because they had come to the end of the road for one reason or another, either their contract was exhausted, or their age became too high, or the manager had a word with them saying that they’re not going to play football too much anymore.
“Most of the players who left Man United wanted to stay. Let’s be clear, 99% of the players who left Man United while I was there would have stayed if the manager had said you were staying. “
“Only one or two percent left against the will of the club. “