Gary Neville says that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United to Real Madrid was partly fueled by British bad weather.
Manchester is known for its rainy climate and its direct contrast to the sunny Spain where Ronaldo headed in 2009 when he joined Madrid for a world record of £ 80 million.
The legend of Old Trafford, Neville, said Ronaldo had dropped allusions to the Bernabeu passage after the United Champions League victory over Chelsea in 2008.
And with the Portuguese star’s heart bringing him back to the mainland, Neville admits that he didn’t really try to change his mind about Ronaldo.
Neville told Sky Sports: “I think because he did the interview after the 2008 final where he sort of hinted that he was going, it was almost like you had an early warning .
“So you were almost ready for that, you knew he was going the next year. It was coming, it was obvious that one day he would like to go to Madrid and La Liga. “
Ronaldo has since been linked to a return to Man Utd as financial problems continue to dominate in Italian gaming and Neville continued to leave: “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 time was a big problem 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. “
Neville believes that with the best United dogs in Europe after the lifting of the Champions League, there was little reason for anyone to want to go there.
“I think in general with the players who left, there were very few who left to go up. Now, Cristiano, you could say that going to Real Madrid and winning four or five European Cups is a step for him where he wanted to challenge himself, “said the former right-back of the United States and the ‘England.
“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. “
Ronaldo has since broken records galore since leaving Old Trafford, scoring the most goals in Champions League history with 128.
He has scored 311 goals in 292 appearances for real Madrid between 2009 and 2018 before switch to Juventus where he scored 42 goals out of 53.