​Former ​Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon has made a huge claim regarding the transfer of superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo - revealing that the Los Blancos had already agreed a deal with the player himself a year before he left ​Manchester United.

Ronaldo made his dream move to the Bernabeu in 2009, with Madrid paying United a then world-record transfer fee of £80million and while it is understood that the Red Devils were not keen to sell their star player, they were resigned to losing him.

Calderon now has claimed as per ​Mirror, that Ronaldo along with then United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson already knew a year earlier that he would be leaving Old Trafford.

"He extended his contract with United [in 2008] but he did it with the commitment to come to Real Madrid the year after – he said, ‘I am going."

The Los Blancos management had also reportedly put in a €30million (approx £24m) stipulation that if either side broke the agreement, they would be financially liable.

"This meant that if we didn’t comply with the contract, we would have to pay Cristiano €30 million and vice-versa – he would have to pay us the same if he reneged."

The 35-year-old went on to enjoy nine trophy-laden years at the Bernabeu while also becoming their all-time highest goalscorer before eventually leaving for ​Juventus in 2018.