Former Real Madrid star makes surprising claim on Zinedine Zidane’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit last season

Without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of Real Madrid’s greatest legends ever, having scored 450 goals across 438 appearances for the Los Blancos.

In addition, the five-time Ballon D’Or winner has also led his team to numerous titles, including four Champions League trophies in five years.

Hence, because of all the above factors and a lot more, it was highly shocking for the club’s management, players and the fans to hear that their talisman was all set to leave Spain, last summer. He was bought by Juventus for £105million, shortly afterwards.

And as of latest, it has been reported that former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman has claimed that the Portuguese star’s exit was also the reason for manager Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave the club last summer.

McManaman was speaking in an interview, when he was asked about the situation surrounding the duo’s exit in the summer of 2018. He replied that Zidane left Real Madrid because he was apparently aware of Ronaldo’s impending departure, and that he was not happy with that happening. “Surely he felt some interference,” he said. “I do not know if he sensed that Cristiano was leaving and that he was not going to be replaced.”

“If he guessed it, he probably did well to leave. Because it was clear that if you let someone who has given Cristiano’s performance go, and do not bring anyone in to replace him, you will have problems, will you not?”

The Frenchman left the club immediately after Real Madrid won their third UCL title in a row. A month later, during the FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo’s transfer announcement rocked the headlines.

Ronaldo continues his stellar form with Juventus, while Real Madrid endured a very torrid 2018-19 till date. Managers Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari who replaced Zidane at the helm were fired one after the other, and Zidane himself made a sensational return to the club last month.

It is expected that the Merengues are looking all set for a major squad overhaul under the former World Champion, just ahead of the 2019-20 season. The club has already been linked with several high-profile transfer targets like Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.