Real Madrid chief snubs Cristiano Ronaldo as club’s signing of the century
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is believed to have named Toni Kroos, not Cristiano Ronaldo, as Real Madrid’s signing of the century.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid stint
After picking up his first Ballon d’Or and guiding Manchester United to a Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo left the club for Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo went on to ply his trade with Los Blancos for just under a decade till he eventually left the club for Juventus in 2018.
During his stint in Madrid, Ronaldo rivalled Lionel Messi as the best player in the world, going head-to-head for the right to be La Liga’s best.
Ronaldo would score 450 goals and provide 132 assists in 438 outings for the Spanish powerhouse, helping them secure an impressive four Champions Leagues along the way.
Kroos over Ronaldo?
However, despite Ronaldo clearly being one of the top two players in world football whilst in Spain, Florentino Perez is not believed to class CR7 as Madrid’s best signing of the century.
Instead, the honour is believed to go to Toni Kroos, who Madrid signed in 2014.
Volker Struth, Kroos’ agent, is understood to have spoken to Perez, who explained to him that his client is Madrid’s signing of the century:
“He is an incredibly nice person, with a great life story. He seems entrepreneurial, but he is still human.
“He explained to me why Toni is Real Madrid’s signing of the century for him. Kroos is unbeatable in terms of value for money.”
Quotes via the Mirror.
Of course, this could well just be Struth’s way of trying to boost his client’s profile, especially as Kroos’ current contract is up in 2023 and he will likely need to find a new club then.