It seems like the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo at UEFA’s star-studded gala in Monaco did not bother the Real Madrid squad in any way.
The Portuguese’s decision did not come as a surprise for Los Blancos, as Julen Lopetegui’s men knew it was going to happen.
Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin refuses to justify his non-attendance.
“Juventus told us without further explanation,” Ceferin admitted.
And the ugly comments towards the Juventus man continued the next day: “Ronaldo himself is the loser.”
Madrid’s locker room showed no tears when the agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Ronaldo became official.
Marcelo seems to be the only one who misses him on a day-to-day basis.
The Portuguese’s presence conditioned what happened in each training, in each trip, in each game.
Despite the players praising and valuing what the forward has achieved with the club, many of the squad members think everything is set to change and this new liberation will lead them to live more calmly day by day, resulting in an improvement in performances.
His teammates spoke on his departure at the end of the gala, confessing it was his decision and he could do whatever he wanted; however the reality is different and the discomfort produced by the absence of Ronaldo has not affected his former club.
The group believes Luka Modric deserved greater respect then what was shown and the Croatian’s moment of glory had to be shared by all, starting with CR7.
Sergio Ramos’ kiss to Modric on the stage symbolizes what the team feels towards Modric: respect and total admiration.
On very few occasions has an individual prize been so well received within the squad of Real Madrid.
However, on the other hand, Jorge Mendes showed his outrage after Ronaldo fell behind Modric for the best player of the year, claiming the Portuguese had much better numbers than his former teammate.
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