Real Madrid left-back Marcelo admits Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last summer came as a surprise to his former teammates.
The Portuguese international left the European Champions to join Juventus after nine years in the Spanish capital.
In what has been a disastrous season for the Galacticos, Marcelo talks about Ronaldo’s departure on his official YouTube channel :
“Ending our holidays and coming back to the routine of Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo was a surprise for us, we thought he wouldn’t go.
“Real Madrid is a huge club, Cristiano Ronaldo is huge too, but the club is bigger than any player.
“The history of Real Madrid is impressive and Cristiano Ronaldo added a piece more to the history of this club, but Real Madrid can’t stop.
“The player changes club, stops playing, retires and Real Madrid will still be here.”
Madrid face Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday, a game that could cost manager Julen Lopetegui his job
“We will try to turn the situation on its head, as we aren’t very bad but we want to improve,” he told La liga website.
“Lopetegui is trying to do everything possible to take Real Madrid as high as possible, where we have to be.”
“My motivation is to wake up every day, know that I’m a Real Madrid player and to fight every year for the Champions League.
“It’s very difficult, everyone said it was impossible to win three in a row, everyone said many things and now they don’t.
“That’s my motivation.”
Marcelo suffered a knock in Madrid’s midweek Champions League win and faces a fit to be fit for the Barcelona game.