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Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at Real Madrid’s transfer moves

Sep 2, 2014, 8:26 AM EDT

Over the summer Real Madrid brought in World Cup stars Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, while they also loaned in Javier Hernandez on Deadline Day.

Adding the top scorer at the World Cup, Rodriguez, arguably the best all-around player, Kroos, and one of the top ‘keepers, Navas, isn’t bad going, right? Ask Cristiano Ronaldo what he thinks…

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On Monday the Real star gave an honest assessment of the transfer dealings Carlo Ancelotti and his staff have done this summer and the reigning World and European Player of the Year didn’t seem too happy.

Real sold Angel di Maria to Manchester United and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich over the last week, as two of Real’s most important cogs in their machine were cast aside.

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Here’s what Ronaldo had to say about those deals when asked by reporters, while he hung out at a racetrack with sponsors on transfer Deadline Day.

“My opinion is very clear but I can’t always say what I think…If I was in charge I wouldn’t have done things like this…But if the President thinks the best thing for the team is to sign the players he signed and let others leave you must respect and support his decisions. With the new players the style will change, but it could change for the best or the worse. Hopefully it is for the best as they are players of a very good level.

“Di Maria and Xabi were very important for us, but they are no longer here and we must be happy with the new players. I’m sure it will all go well. Ancelotti has a lot of experience and knows what the team needs and doesn’t need. We lost but there is no need for alarm, we have to let the boss work in peace.”

Well, tell us how you really feel, Cristiano.

The Portuguese star obviously felt some affinity towards Alonso and Di Maria and is therefore stating their departures are big deals. Which they are. However the part where the 29-year-old says “I wouldn’t have done things like this” seem to be more about where Real strengthened. With Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karem Benzema on board, did they really need an attacker like Rodriguez on board for $107 million? With a slightly porous defense, that’s being kind, you’d think Real would have worked hard to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer.

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Over the weekend they were stunned 4-2 by Real Sociedad after leading 2-0 early on, as Real’s defense was shambolic and huge questions marks remain over the summer transfer policy of stardom over substance. That said, that has never been the way Florentino Perez has run the club as Los Galacticos continue to roll in the stars at the expense of having a balanced squad.

Speaking openly about a number of topics, Ronaldo also had plenty of praise for his former club, Manchester United, as the winger hailed Falcao’s arrival at Old Trafford.

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“He is a very good player, I think Manchester have done well to sign him,” Ronaldo said. “We are talking about a top player here and a fantastic signing.”

Does Ronaldo wish Falcao would have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu instead of Rodriguez and Kroos?

  1. mikeevergreen - Sep 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Sounds like CR7 might be headed out the door in January himself.

    • ZenPancakes - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Agreed, I think he’s looking to move, either to MLS or back to Man U

      • sophiafinchmalfoy - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        not Ml, i don’t think so. He would want challenge.

      • sophiafinchmalfoy - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        not Ml, i don’t think so. He would want a challenge.

  2. heelfans - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Like many people successful in one aspect of life, Florentino Perez has an inflated opinion of his own capabilities that encompasses EVERY aspect of life. He admittedly saved Real Madrid from a financial debacle any years ago but in asserting his “expertise” in football he damned RM to second best for years. However, the financial success has allowed him to buy his way out of the on-field mess he had created. (Given RM and Barca’s success, “mess” is relative) Now, he is again asserting his over-developed ego to the detriment of the team. The big question is whether Ancelloti will continue to kowtow to this arrogant money bags or take a hike, leaving Perez with a high priced team of stallions and no competent driver.

  3. princedaguz13 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    If I would have to leave a comment or opinion I would have end up in jail- Cristiano Ronaldo…. LOL

  4. shotgunzoom - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Big players don’t leave in the January transfer window. And right now there isn’t a bigger one than CR7. The idea if him going to the MLS is crazy at this time. Maybe ManU, though I doubt that also. He played for Sir Alex not just ManU. He has been in a direct competition with Messi since he moved to Real Madrid. IMO his ego will not allow him to back down from that challenge, until there is another big challenge somewhere else. I think he sees all the holes in the squad and all the competitions they will have to compete in this year. Now he’s going into battle without two of his best warriors in the squad and the defense hasn’t been improved.

    El presidente is just trying to sell shirts, at expense of the club.

  5. billleesbrain - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    So, I guess this means Miss Cristi is “sad” again?

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