It was reported last December that Ronaldo had admitted to his close people that he regretted leaving Real. The current season makes these doubts even more grounded.
Cristiano left Real in the summer of 2018 in exchange for € 100 million. At that time, the Portuguese had won 4 of the last 5 golden balls and was waiting to be recognized as the best player in the world for the third time in a row after winning the third Champions League title in a row.
However, everything changed after moving to Juventus. After spending the second half of the year at Juventus, Ronaldo lost the Golden Ball battle to former team-mate Luka Modric.
In 2019, the Portuguese was in third place, behind Messi and Virgil Van Dijk, who finished in the first two places, by many more votes.
Although Cristiano won the Serie A and UEFA Nations League in 2019, the Portuguese played the fewest games in his debut season, after the 2009/10 season (in which he missed several months due to injury) scored the fewest goals since leaving Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s bombing of Serie A in his debut season has given way to 37-year-old Fabio Quagliarella. Now Ciro Immobile is better than him.
In December 2019, ABC reported that Ronaldo had told his close friends how he regretted leaving Real.
According to the publication, Ronaldo believes that no one could have prevented him from winning the last two golden balls if he had been a Real Madrid player instead of Juve.
Who knows what would happen if Cristiano had stayed. But the separation has not been easy for either Ronaldo or Real.
As we know, the 2020 Ballon d’Or will not take place, and even if it did, Ronaldo was not considered even among favorites.
The legendary player will be 36 years old in February. It is very difficult to imagine a scenario in which the number of Portuguese Messi’s golden balls will increase or exceed.
Both Real Madrid and Juventus were knocked out of the tournament by young Ajax last season. But this year both teams lost their first leg of the quarter-finals. So, neither of them is considered a favorite to win the UCL.
Moreover, it is a big chance that Ronaldo and Real Madrid will be kicked out by the same team again, Manchester City.