Madrid fans express unexpected feelings about the return of Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was back in Madrid this week as the city’s fans made their affection for him clear after nearly a decade of success at Real Madrid, where he left in 2018.
After spending time in the Spanish city, Cristiano Ronaldo has gained legendary status and is surrounded by supporters in Madrid.
The Portuguese celebrity was traveling around the city in his Bugatti Centodiece, one of just 10 in existence and valued at £6.9 million. Ronaldo was the seventh to receive one, but he was unable to fully unleash the power of the car because of the crowd of fans surrounding him as he drove it for the first time in public.
After winning his fifth and final Champions League championship, Ronaldo decided to leave Madrid in 2018 and join Italian team Juventus. In 2009, the forward transferred from Manchester United to the Spanish team in a then-world-record transaction, and he later established himself as the club’s all-time leading scorer.
Whilst at the Bernabeu the 38-year-old scored 450 times in 438 outings, winning four Ballon d’Ors whilst he donned the famous white jersey. He continued to deliver under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane, but eventually opted for pastures new.
Ronaldo now finds himself in the Middle East having moved to Saudi Arabia after his sᴜɗɗen exit from Manchester. The legendary figure maintains his time in Europe was done and he wanted to grow the game elsewhere, but he’d clearly be welcomed back in Madrid.
Since his departure they’ve endured mixed fortunes, initially struggling when he first left. Now they’re again close to their best with Ancelotti again at the helm, winning the European Cup last year. Karim Benzema has thrived since Ronaldo’s exit, claiming the most recent Ballon d’Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo was mobbed by fans in Madrid
The forward remains an icon at the Bernabeu
Vinicius Jnr has also morphed into a leading light, but the club remain on the lookout for their next Galactico. Kylian Mbappe is expected to one day move to Madrid, although PSG are desperate to retain his services.
Ronaldo, at his age, is unlikely to get another shot at a leading European club, despite his desire to play into his 40s. The player cited the decline in his relationship with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez as the reason behind his Madrid departure, claiming he was no longer valued like he once was.
He said: “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start. In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterwards. The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean.”
Cristiano Ronaldo drives a Bugatti Centodieci supercar of €10m to Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of 10 lucky customers to own one of the most exclusive Bugattis in the history of the French luxury brand, Centodieci. The striker can now be seen driving the spectacular 1,600-horsepower two-seater on the streets of Madrid. It is an image that will be unforgettable for all who have seen the supercar, a true gem of the world auto industry.
Although this car has been seen before (particularly during the Portuguese team’s rally ahead of the 2022 World Cup), this is the first time Ronaldo has been seen behind the wheel.
Ronaldo’s Bugatti Centodieci supercar appeared on the streets of Madrid
Ronaldo has owned several Bugatti models, but the Centodieci is his most valuable asset. In fact, only 10 have been produced, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the most exclusive brand of the Volkswagen group (the birthday is celebrated in 2019). The last of them was delivered to the owner late last year.
Curious people surround Ronaldo’s Bugatti Centodieci
The car Ronaldo owns is number 7 in the series and has a Portuguese registration. Its price is of course too expensive. When it was launched at the end of 2019, the car was valued at 8 million euros, excluding taxes. If you add the taxes on a car of that size in Spain, the value will be pushed up to more than 10 million.
But the hardest thing is not having that money available, but also being one of the 10 chosen to own it. Ronaldo fulfills both conditions and is therefore able to enjoy the unparalleled performance of the supercar, reaching a top speed of 380 km/h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km in just 2.1 seconds.
Bugatti Centodieci supercar costs more than 10 million euros
Curiously, Ronaldo’s Centodieci isn’t the most expensive or exclusive of the Bugatti models. That honor goes to the Bugatti Voiture Noire, a one-off piece that was also created in 2019 on the occasion of its 110th anniversary and costs up to 11 million euros, plus taxes (almost 15 million in total). For quite a while, it was the most expensive car in the world until Rolls-Royce Boat Tail appeared to fill the spot.
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