Cape Town - West Ham United manager Manuel
Pellegrini has claimed that Real Madrid, a club which he previously
managed, should have held onto Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Ronaldo signed for Juventus from the European champions for a fee
reportedly in the region of €100 million during the off-season.
Los Blancos have got the 2018/19 season off to a poor start without
the Portuguese superstar, picking up just 14 points from their opening
eight La Liga matches.
"Madrid have lost a lot of goals; Cristiano took too many goals with
him when he left. He should have ended his career in Madrid and I was
surprised they allowed him to leave," Pellegrini told Spanish radio show
"There is a difference between [Gareth] Bale and Cristiano, who has made the difference for the last 10 years."
One man who has been widely tipped as a possible replacement to
Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, has admitted that playing for Real
Madrid has long been a dream of his. According to Pellegrini, that would
be a match made in heaven.
"He is a player of great quality," said the former Manchester City
boss of the Chelsea star. "He is playing at an extraordinary level and
making the difference. He can play at any club in the world."