The vibe among Cristiano Ronaldo fans has hit a low today.
On Thursday, three-time UEFA Champions League winning coach Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to step down from his post at the Santiago Bernabeu. This was followed up by an immediate press conference in which the 45-year-old legend revealed he cannot see himself surpassing his own feat, hence choosing to quit on a high.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a major asset in Zidane’s squad, carrying the team even when the BBC — as a trio — seemed to have lost its synergy on the field. The Portuguese number 7 built great moments under the leadership of Zizou. Those include netting crucial goals to earn the club’s first league title since 2012, gunning down Barcelona with an outstanding strike at the Camp Nou in the 2017 Spanish Supercup, scoring the winner in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup final and amassing as many as 32 UEFA Champions League goals since the Frenchman’s appointment in January 2016.
At 33 and after nine glorious years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo could logically feel he’s fulfilled his mission of restoring Real Madrid’s pride — a pride that was tainted by Barcelona’s resurgence during the Pep Guardiola era. For fans of the ex-Manchester United winger, this summer could very well be the end of the road for CR7 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Already, right after Los Blancos defeated Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Cristiano scared Madridistas by talking about his Real Madrid career as a “has been” adventure before making a U-turn during La Decimotercera celebrations in the Spanish capital with a relieving “see you next year” declaration.
Meanwhile, his mother Dolores Aveiro was recently quizzed on her son’s future; a question to which she answered that she’d prefer him to return to Old Trafford rather than make a transfer to PSG or elsewhere. In the midst of the confusion and sadness, the reactions below sum up what has been going on in the heads of Real Madrid supporters:
With Zizou leaving, and all the talks about Cristiano possibly leaving…
All of this has just ruined everything for me. I can’t believe this is happening.
— Portuguesa (@DQ7_Portuguesa) May 31, 2018
From winning 3 UCLs in a row to the possibility of Zidane, Bale & Ronaldo leaving in the same time and God knows who else is going to surprise us and walk away..
Mysterious long scary days are ahead of us as Madridistas, gonna be the longest transfer window ever.
— OMAR 👑 (@Omar__cr7_) May 31, 2018
You think this is sad? Wait till the day Cristiano or Ramos leaves…
— Rk (@RkFutbol) May 31, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to retire at the age of 41. The question is, will Real Madrid be his last home?