The Portugal forward was appearing at a promotional event and was asked about the comings and goings at Santiago Bernabeu over the summer.
James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Keylor Navas and Javier Hernandez were brought in but Di Maria, Alonso, Diego Lopez and Alvaro Morata moved on and Ronaldo questioned the decision to overhaul the team that claimed the Champions League.
“I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think,” Ronaldo began, according to Marca.
“Otherwise it would be on the front page tomorrow and I don’t want that.
“But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so. But if the President thinks the best thing for the team is to sign players and let others leave, we must respect and support the decision.”
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Ronaldo also admitted the club’s style of play would be different this year than last after the departure of midfielders Alonso and Di Maria.
“With new players the style will change and it may change for better or worse,” he continued.
“I hope it’s for the better since the players are of a very good standard. The normal thing is that they’ll adapt well.
“Di Maria and Xabi were very important to us but they’re gone and we should be happy with the new players. I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“[Hernandez] is another player to help the team. I wish him a lot of success and hope he can help us a lot.”
Di Maria has also spoken of his friendship with and gratitute to Ronaldo.
“The truth is I have a great friendship with Cristiano, I thanked him the last time I was in Madrid,” he said to Marca.
“I left Madrid in the best way, winning La Decima. I’m grateful to Man Utd for paying what Madrid wanted. I don’t have anything to prove.
“In the letter I put everything I felt from the first time I set foot in Santiago Bernabeu.”
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