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TURIN - The Old Lady have won seven Serie A ti­tles in a row and are al­ready in a good po­si­tion to stretch that run to eight.

Ron­aldo is in fine form hav­ing scored a brace in Ju­ven­tus' 2-1 win against Em­poli.

The Ju­ven­tus star has this week said he no longer felt wanted by for­mer em­ploy­ers Real Madrid.

“I felt it in­side the club, es­pe­cially from the pres­i­dent, that they no longer con­sid­ered me the same way they did at the start,” he told France Foot­ball.

“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.

“That's what made me think about leav­ing. Some­times I'd look at the news, where they were say­ing I was ask­ing to leave. There was a bit of that but the truth is I al­ways had the im­pres­sion the pres­i­dent would not hold me back.

“My de­ci­sion to leave was not based on his (Zi­dane's) de­par­ture. That be­ing the case, it's one of those lit­tle things that made me feel a bit bet­ter in terms of what I thought of the sit­u­a­tion at the club,” Ron­aldo said.

“If it had all been about money, I'd have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than at Ju­ven­tus or Real Madrid. “I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more. The dif­fer­ence is that, at Juve, they re­ally wanted me. They told me that and made it clear.”

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