Cristiano Ronaldo told Sir Alex Ferguson about his plan to leave Real Madrid this summer even before the Champions League final, according to reports.
The Sunday Mirror claims that six weeks ago, Ronaldo and the former Manchester United manager met at a function where the 32-year-old admitted his unhappiness at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It’s claimed that Ronaldo’s discontent stems from the negative reaction towards him from Madrid fans earlier this season, while the forward also told Ferguson that the relationship between players is ‘strained’.
Ronaldo and Ferguson subsequently met again in the tunnel after Madrid’s victory in the Champions League final.
The Scot also presented his former player with the man of the match award as his two goals helped Zinedine Zidane’s side run out 4-1 winners over Juventus.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has already spoken with Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, to confirm the 32-year-old’s desire to quit Madrid.
Mendes has also told Perez that Ronaldo has offers on the table from the Premier League, France and China.
It’s understood that Ronaldo’s decision to leave Madrid is partly based on his anger towards Spanish prosecutors after he was accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m) in tax.
But Ronaldo’s representatives are now telling clubs that the Portugal international is seeking a ‘fresh challenge’ and are claiming that a €150m (£131m) bid could be enough for Madrid to sell.