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.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo would have had to pay €30m if he didn't join the Spanish club— utdreport (@utdreport) February 24, 2020
"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.