Former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo Nazario discussed his career in an interview with DAZN and revealed why he left Barça to join Inter Milan back in 1997.
“I was about to sign my contract extension after the end of the season and then went to Brazil on vacation. Then they called me five days later to tell me that the extension couldn’t happen. It was never my call, I wanted to stay. If the club didn’t value me the way they should have, it wasn’t my decision. I would’ve loved to stay, but as I say, it wasn’t my call,” explained the legendary striker.
Ronaldo also talked about his signing for Real Madrid during deadline day.
“I joined Madrid because I just wanted to play there. My dream was to play for Madrid one day and I fought hard so that it could happen. Roberto Carlos was with me in the national team and he was always telling me what Real Madrid meant for everyone. That left a very good impression and after some years I wanted to see it with my own eyes. The truth is it is a bigger club than he was telling me! There’s a big expectation every time and also a lot of pressure because we always have the world’s best players. I loved to know that I could make Real Madrid an even bigger club,” said the Brazilian attacker.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid to form Los Galacticos alongside Figo, Zidane, Beckham, Raul, Roberto Carlos and Iker Casillas. The attacker also explained what that group meant to the world of football.
“There were many expectations about Los Galacticos and in the end we delivered a good show, we were a winning group who changed the way business was handled in the world of football. Since our group appeared every team started generating more money, they sold their players in a better way and it was a big change which created a new era for football,” concluded the legend.