The relationship between Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo will have lasted for nine years. Almost a decade in which, goal by goal and title by title, the Portuguese has earned the right to be among the best, if not the best, in the club’s history.
In fact, perhaps only Don Alfredo Di Stefano is worthy of comparison for his influence on the first great Read Madrid team in history.
It is precisely this Friday, that nine years have passed since July 6, 2009, when the Portuguese star burst onto the scene and was introduced before a packed Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Signed from Manchester United for more than 90 million euros, 90,000 souls filled the stadium while the star confessed that he had fulfilled his ‘dream’ of playing at Real Madrid.
That dream appears to be coming to an end, and the two parties want the goodbye to be in style.
The top scorer in the history of the club with 451 goals, must leave the club with the honor that that the decisive player in four of the last five Champions League victories deserves.
Therefore, it’s clear that such an important player can’t leave by the back door.
In the absence of details and dates, the club wants to pay a tribute to the player who changed the club’s recent history, to the point of also becoming the team that has won the most Champions League titles.
A grand goodbye
Ronaldo, despite his anger, also wants to leave the club in the same triumphant way he did when he arrived at 24 years of age.
He has become the best in the world in recent years, to the point of equalling the five Ballon d’Or’s of Leo Messi; an unthinkable feat just a few years ago.
With this in mind, Madrid should not repeat the mistake of dismissing a legend such as when Iker Casillas went to Porto, tears included.
Nine years and many titles later, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to walk out of the front door.