'It was very nice to be at Real Madrid' - Cristiano Ronaldo suggests he may have played his last game for the club
Cristiano Ronaldo has given a strong hint that Real Madrid’s Champions League final win against Liverpool in Kiev may have been his final game for the club.
Ronaldo collected his fourth Champions League winners medal in five seasons as he played his part in the club's 13th victory in Europe's marquee competition with a 3-1 win against Jurgen Klopp's Reds.
Yet it was his decision to speak about his time with Real Madrid in the past tense after the game that sparked suggestions a move away from the Bernabeu could be imminent, as he offered these comments to beIN Sports.
"It was very nice to be at Real Madrid," said Ronaldo. "In the coming days, I will give a response to the fans, who have always been at my side."
Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move back to his former club Manchester United, while there have also been suggestions that he could move to Paris Saint-Germain as rumours continue to link Neymar with a move to Real Madrid.
"The future of players isn't important right now," he added. "I have no doubts, it's not important right now. We will see what happens."
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Ronaldo's apparent desire to leave Real Madrid would have to be given the green light by club officials, who have tied down their star asset to a huge contract that has a £1billion buy-out clause, yet he seems keen to end his nine-year stay at the club now.
Ronaldo's comments came after Champions League final match-winning hero Gareth Bale also hinted he was ready to leave Real Madrid after his two goals secured a victory against a crestfallen Liverpool side.
"I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season," Bale told BT Sport. "I had an injury five, six weeks in but fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.
"Obviously, I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions. The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did."
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