The news that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer, while coming as a surprise to the public, is not simply the result of a player who made an angry, snap decision in the heat of the moment.
It is the result of a thoughtful decision from the player, who weighed everything up over time and has come to this conclusion.
Although the club are trying to calm him down and change his mind, the Portugal international wants to leave Spain and these are his reasons for doing so.
He feels hurt by tax fraud accusations
Ronaldo maintains his innocence when accused of defrauding the tax authorities of 14.7 million euros and insisted that did everything in accordance with Spanish law.
As a result he feels hurt and angry and has made his mind up that he no longer wants to play in LaLiga.
He feels persecuted by the press
Ronaldo believes that the press have singled him out as being the man to blame for everything and that he is judged without people really knowing him.
He feels picked on by sections of the media and has made no secret of that when asked about it.
“They treat me like a delinquent and they don’t even know me,” said the Portuguese star.
Doesn’t feel supported by Real Madrid
Despite Los Blancos’ statement in which they declared that they were ‘absolutely convinced of the innocence’ of Ronaldo, the player doesn’t believe that he has been supported enough.
He wants to look for a new club
Ronaldo has decided that he will not return to Spanish football, despite Los Blancos going through a real purple patch and the life that he has in the capital with his son and girlfriend.
His main choice has always been to return to Manchester United and that could now come true.
He believes he has been unfairly singled out.
His anger isn’t just with Real Madrid but he is also furious with the Spanish justice system.
Ronaldo believes that, due to his status as an extremely well known public figure, he has been made an example of in an unfair and disproportionate way.