Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told former teammates in private that he made a mistake leaving Real Madrid for Juventus last year.
Naija News reports that this is coming after his rival, Lionel Messi grabbed a record sixth Ballon d’Or.
Spain’s ABC citing sources said Ronaldo discussed with his close circle of friends, what would have been if he had remained in Madrid.
The Portuguese footballer spent 10 years at Real Madrid before leaving the club in 2018 to join Juventus for €100 million.
He explained the move by his need for “a new challenge”, but reports indicate that the real reason behind the move was his anger with the club’s refusal to offer him the amount he wanted to renew his contract.
Ronaldo is now said to regret the move, allegedly thinking that he would have won the last two Golden Ball awards had he stayed at the club, but could not articulate this publicly for obvious reasons.
The reports suggest that the winger found it particularly difficult to start from scratch at the age of 33.
Ronaldo, who is now 34, has scored only 8 goals in 13 games during 2019/20 season with Juventus. He has won five Ballon d’Or awards, the last was in 2017.