Real Madrid honorary president Paco Gento says there is no way the club should sell star player Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Ronaldo’s future has been the subject of speculation in recent months, with potential suitors including Paris Saint-Germain and his former club Manchester United said to be considering making a huge bid when the transfer window opens.
Ronaldo, 31, has had an up-and-down season, but is now the top scorer in both the Champions League (13) and La Liga (29) after he hit the winner in last weekend’s 2-1 Clasico win at the Camp Nou.
Speaking to Los Blancos-backing website La Galerna, the six-time European Cup-winning winger with Real Madrid said the idea that the club would sell Ronaldo went against their very history and traditions.
“How are you going to sell a player who scores so many goals for you every day,” Gento said. “No, man, no. Plus, Madrid have never been a selling club, Real Madrid above all have bought players. Madrid should not sell, they should buy. Cristiano knows the people here, and the club [hierarchy] love him.”
Asked if Ronaldo’s sometimes angry gestures towards teammates who do not do as he wishes were similar to the behaviour of another legendary Blancos player Alfredo Di Stefano, Gento said the important thing was that they were both perfectionists.
“Such perfectionism is good,” he said. “Di Stefano was like that too. Cristiano’s gestures are explained as he always wants to be the best, and that is very important. We must really appreciate Cristiano for all he does. Every time he scores he makes us all very happy.”
Former left-winger Gento added that he would like to see current Galactico Gareth Bale playing more on that side of the pitch, even though the Welshman himself has spoken of a preference for playing either centrally or on the right.
“[Bale] should play on the left,” he said. “He says he likes to play on the right, as he has more chances to score goals, but I have seen him on the left and it was sensational. So quick. It was very good. He is different [than me], although with his pace and way of carrying the ball, and giving passes, there are similarities.”