Former Real Madrid defender, Christian Panucci feels Cristiano Ronaldo will regret leaving Real Madrid. The defender himself felt his biggest mistake in his career was to leave the Los Blancos.
Panucci moved to Inter Milan from Real Madrid during his career.
Panucci won the LaLiga, the Supercopa de Espana, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup during his three-year spell at Real Madrid . Later, he joined Inter Milan where he struggled to recapture his form and fell out with then-coach, Marcello Lippi.
The 45-year old gave a positive assessment of Ronaldo’s prospects in Serie A following his €100 million (£88m) move to Juventus. However, he believes the Portugal icon might live to regret his decision to leave Madrid. Panucci told El Partidazo de COPE,
“When I left Madrid I was convinced. I wanted to leave Madrid, and it was the biggest foolishness of my sports career, and I regret it now. Cristiano is going to win because he is too good a player not to do it. It’s normal madness for Cristiano; he’s the best in the world.”
“He’s a very smart signing who is going to give other great players a push to come to Italy. Being a champion is in his blood.”
Panucci also believes Madrid could face a difficult period of transition following Ronaldo’s departure. In this summer, they also lost their three-time Champions League-winning head coach, Zinedine Zidane to only get replaced by Julen Lopetegui.
Zidane failed to retain the La Liga title in 2017-18 after winning it a season earlier. But Panucci believes the Frenchman will nevertheless prove hard to follow.
“It could be a difficult season for Madrid. Zidane is leaving, Cristiano is leaving. It’s not easy to substitute them and more after winning three Champions Leagues in a row,” he concluded.