Artículo

Leaving Madrid was my biggest regret, Panucci warns Ronaldo

17 julio 2018 12:05

Former Real Madrid defender Christian Panucci predicted great success for Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus but warned the five-time Ballon d'Or winner that leaving the Santiago Bernabeu was his biggest regret.

Panucci won LaLiga, the Supercopa de Espana, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup during his three-year spell in Madrid before moving to Inter, 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 €112million move to the champions, but indicated that the Portugal icon might live to regret his decision to leave Madrid.

"When I left Madrid I was convinced," Panucci told El Partidazo de COPE.

"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 said that Madrid could be facing a tricky period of transition in the aftermath of Ronaldo's departure, which followed the replacement of three-time Champions League-winning head coach Zinedine Zidane with Julen Lopetegui.

Zidane failed to retain the LaLiga title in 2017-18 after winning it a season earlier, but Panucci said the Frenchman would nevertheless be hard to follow.

"It could be a difficult season for Madrid," he said.

"Zidane is leaving, Cristiano is leaving. It's not easy to substitute them and more after winning three Champions Leagues in a row."

Últimas noticias

19 de mayo 2019

 22:31
 22:14
 21:40
 21:37
 21:26
 20:47
 20:41
 19:58
 19:52
 19:42
 19:38
 19:23
 19:18
 18:54
 18:52
 18:48
 18:17
 17:57
 17:48
 17:31
 17:06
 16:40
 16:00
 15:29
 15:28
 15:15
 14:29
 14:22
 13:59
 13:32
 13:13
 13:03
 13:00
 12:14
 12:05
 11:51
 11:32
 10:16
 09:55
 08:25
 08:05
 07:04
 06:34
 06:08
 06:04
 05:38
 05:03
 04:41
 04:30
 04:22
 04:00
 03:46
 03:36
 03:09
 02:48
 02:21
 01:46
 01:32
 01:15
 01:13
 01:02
 00:54
 00:37
 00:31
 00:25
 00:21
 00:16
 00:13
 00:09
 00:02