He did it on the Kyiv Olympic Stadium field, where Real had just won their 13th European Cup, their fourth in five years – all of them with an unstoppable Portuguese’s goalscoring record.

Just two years passed

On May 26, 2018, just two years passed, Cristiano Ronaldo ended his fascinating career at Real Madrid. He did it on the Kyiv Olympic Stadium field, where Real had just won their 13th European Cup, their fourth in five years – all of them with an unstoppable Portuguese’s goalscoring record. Cristiano’s words hit Real Madrid. They put a damper on a holiday that will not be the same as in previous years. The fans knew that pack was losing an alpha male. And somehow, nothing will be the same. That’s how it happened. Zinedine Zidane, who at least had a good taste not to water down the wine in the Ukrainian capital, also left and Real went into a tailspin.

Real Madrid squad lacks Ronaldo in the attack

Neither Julen Lopetegui, nor Santiago Solari, nor the later resurrected Zidane could find an antidote for the lack of poison in the attack of Real in the era after Cristiano. The club went through a painful clean year, and Florentino Perez looked to rejuvenate the squad in 2019 with an investment of over 300 million euros. So far, with a meager Supercopa de Espana, Los Merengues are waiting to see what will happen in La Liga Santander and the Champions League after the earthquake caused by the coronavirus. And Cristiano? He went to Juventus, and the crowd applauded him after he scored that incredible free-kick on the way to that final in Kyiv, one of the few when he received a standing ovation from rival fans. Maybe that’s why he made moved there.

He moved his family to Turin, his showy environment, his fleet of cars, his private jet, but he could not bring his Champions League and Ballon d’Or success with him. He also left the goals behind. Having scored 50 in each of his nine seasons at Real Madrid, in the debut campaign at Juventus, this figure dropped to 30. It was the most destructive divorce in the history of modern sports, surpassed by the separation of Michael Jordan and Juanita. And it all began on the night of May 26, 2018, when the Kyiv betrayal took place.