Cristiano Ronaldo was told about what Florentino Pérez had to say about his problems with Spain's tax authorities and his "irreversible decision" to leave both Real Madrid and the country, on Tuesday morning - just hours after the president had been interviewed by Onda Cero's El Transistor radio programme. Florentino explained: "Cristiano isn't someone who is motivated by money. He's hurt, and possibly quite rightly so, because he has tried not to upset anyone. Cristiano isn't a business. He is part of Real Madrid's history".
Cristiano heard Florentino's comments in Moscow, with his Portugal team mates
The forward, who was accompanied by his Portugal team mates when he heard Florentino's words, said openly that he liked what the president had to say. In fact he would have liked to have heard those words sooner, but better late than never.
Later on Tuesday, Cristiano commented on a number of occasions that he felt that the Madrid president had come out to defend him was very positive. Diario AS understands that, after hearing Florentino's reaction, Cristiano is now reconsidering his exit from Madrid, although both player and president will discuss the matter face to face after the Confederations Cup, as Florentino Pérez confirmed during his appearance on El Transistor. Until Florentino spoke to local radio this week, the only statement from Madrid in Cristiano's defence was emitted by the club last Wednesday which states that the club has "complete faith" that Cristiano's tax affairs are in order.