Over the summer Real Madrid brought in World Cup stars Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, while they also loaned in Javier Hernandez on Deadline Day.
Adding the top scorer at the World Cup, Rodriguez, arguably the best all-around player, Kroos, and one of the top ‘keepers, Navas, isn’t bad going, right? Ask Cristiano Ronaldo what he thinks…
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On Monday the Real star gave an honest assessment of the transfer dealings Carlo Ancelotti and his staff have done this summer and the reigning World and European Player of the Year didn’t seem too happy.
Real sold Angel di Maria to Manchester United and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich over the last week, as two of Real’s most important cogs in their machine were cast aside.
Here’s what Ronaldo had to say about those deals when asked by reporters, while he hung out at a racetrack with sponsors on transfer Deadline Day.
“My opinion is very clear but I can’t always say what I think…If I was in charge I wouldn’t have done things like this…But if the President thinks the best thing for the team is to sign the players he signed and let others leave you must respect and support his decisions. With the new players the style will change, but it could change for the best or the worse. Hopefully it is for the best as they are players of a very good level.
“Di Maria and Xabi were very important for us, but they are no longer here and we must be happy with the new players. I’m sure it will all go well. Ancelotti has a lot of experience and knows what the team needs and doesn’t need. We lost but there is no need for alarm, we have to let the boss work in peace.”
Well, tell us how you really feel, Cristiano.
The Portuguese star obviously felt some affinity towards Alonso and Di Maria and is therefore stating their departures are big deals. Which they are. However the part where the 29-year-old says “I wouldn’t have done things like this” seem to be more about where Real strengthened. With Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karem Benzema on board, did they really need an attacker like Rodriguez on board for $107 million? With a slightly porous defense, that’s being kind, you’d think Real would have worked hard to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer.
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Over the weekend they were stunned 4-2 by Real Sociedad after leading 2-0 early on, as Real’s defense was shambolic and huge questions marks remain over the summer transfer policy of stardom over substance. That said, that has never been the way Florentino Perez has run the club as Los Galacticos continue to roll in the stars at the expense of having a balanced squad.
Speaking openly about a number of topics, Ronaldo also had plenty of praise for his former club, Manchester United, as the winger hailed Falcao’s arrival at Old Trafford.
“He is a very good player, I think Manchester have done well to sign him,” Ronaldo said. “We are talking about a top player here and a fantastic signing.”
Does Ronaldo wish Falcao would have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu instead of Rodriguez and Kroos?