With the summer transfer session now closed, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo shared his opinion of Los Blancos late moves Tuesday, and the superstar didn’t seem all too pleased.
Madrid made several huge splashes when they added wingers James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, along with keeper Keylor Navas, and ended with the acquisition of Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the final week. However, the reigning Champions League crown holders also allowed such top midfielders Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso to join United and Bayern Munich, respectively.
Based off his comments, the 29-year-old Ronaldo said he might have done things differently than Madrid president Florentino Perez, but the Portugal captain also said he chose his words very carefully to avoid drawing too much negative attention.
"I have my very clear opinion, but I must calculate and I cannot always say what I think because tomorrow I will be on the front of the papers and I do not want that," Ronaldo said, during an event for sponsor Tag Heur.
"But if I was in charge, maybe I would not do things like that. Everyone has their opinion and is free to say what they think. If the president thinks that the best thing for the team is to sign these players and let go those who left then we have to respect and support his decision."
Part of Perez’s job is to bring in as much talent as possible, not only for Madrid to keep up with Barcelona, but to regain control of La Liga after finishing a disappointing third last term. Scoring wasn’t an issue for Madrid as they scored a league-best 104 goals, but Perez decided to further bolster the attack. The addition of Navas was Perez’s only move to improve the defense, but it seems rather shrewd now that the 27-year-old Costa Rican star has already embarrassed Iker Casillas during training.
With Di Maria and Alonzo now out of the picture, manager Carlo Ancelotti will likely have to adjust his tactics to make sure the squad doesn’t lose ground defensively. Rodriguez and Kroos are certain to play a significant role in the attack, but they weren’t signed for their defensive skills. Ronaldo said he expects a new style of play, and isn’t certain if it will be successful.
"It will change," he said. "They are different players, it could change for the better or the worse. I hope it is for the better. [James and Kroos] are very good players and should adapt well and help the team to be successful.
"Obviously Di Maria and Xabi are very important players, but we have others and we are happy with those who are here. I am sure that things will go well and the team will be at a very high level."
Though he didn’t mention anyone by name, it’s possible Ronaldo was more keen on Perez making a stronger bid for striker Radamel Falcao, who instead landed with United for £6 million and the option to permanently sign him for £46 million next summer, Daily Mail reports.
Instead, Los Blancos landed Hernandez, who’s acted as United’s super substitute scoring 37 goals in 102 appearances since 2010. Despite his standing as one of the first men off the bench, Hernandez, and his native Mexico, desired more first-team opportunities than United could offer with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie well ahead of him.
Ronaldo had nothing but kind words for the 26-year-old and said if he assimilates quickly it could work it well for Madrid.
"He is another player to help the team," Ronaldo said. "I hope he adapts well, that he can help us a lot and that it goes well for him. We are very happy to have him."