If Atletico were mentioned as a potential destination for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, Colchoneros’ supporters sent a message to the Portuguese and their captains on Wednesday. They raised an anti-Ronaldo banner during a friendly match.
They don’t want Cristiano Ronaldo and make it public. While Atletico Madrid has been cited among the clubs most likely to win the five-a-side Ballon d’Or this summer, Colchoneros’ supporters have sent him a clear and unmistakable message. At the same time they warned their leaders.
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This Wednesday, they posted an anti-Ronaldo banner during a friendly match against Numancia (4-0). “CR7 Not Welcome (CR7 Not Welcome)”, can we read on this sign. Other fans also waved flags to signal their opposition to Ronaldo’s possible arrival. Some insulted him and also spoke to Diego Simeone with songs asking him not to recruit the 37-year-old Portuguese: “Simeone, Simeone, listen to the fans.”
The president of Atlético quelled the rumors
A few days ago, several media outlets, including ESPN and AS newspaper, reported that Atletico is a potential exit door for CR7, determined to leave Manchester United to join a club that participates in the Champions League this season. But Atletico president Enrique Cerezo himself denied his club’s so-called interest in the former Real player (2009-2018).
“I don’t know who wrote Cristiano’s story, but it is practically impossible for him to come here,” he told Spain Radio on Tuesday. On the same day, Ronaldo returned to the Manchester United training facility, having missed training in early July. He invoked “family problems” to justify his absence.