Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero maintains Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus for Manchester United because he ‘realised he was no longer the player he wanted to be.’

The Portugal international completed his transfer to Manchester United on deadline day for €15m plus another €8m in various bonuses.

That means Juve made a loss on the original €117m transfer fee from Real Madrid, but still benefited financially by getting his €30m per season salary off the books.

“At times it’s better to give up on a few Euro rather than keep someone who doesn’t want to stay with you and because of that isn’t giving their best,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s better for all concerned that Ronaldo left and it’s better for him that he realised he was no longer the Ronaldo he wanted to be.”

CR7 was top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 goals in 33 games, of which six were penalties.

He had the opportunity to make history this evening as the all-time top international goal-scorer, as he is currently level with Iran’s Ali Daei on 109.

However, his penalty was parried by 19-year-old Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

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