Cristiano Ronaldo's €1 billion release clause in his Real Madrid contract was "not there to be paid," according to club president Florentino Perez, who insisted the European champions "got the highest value we could" when he was sold to Juventus in the summer.
Ronaldo moved to Italy for €100 million after nine years at Real Madrid and Perez said that, when it was clear the Portugal captain wanted to leave, Madrid negotiated the best price for him.
Roma icon Francesco Totti has said he turned down a move to Major League Soccer because he didn't want to "ruin" his 25-year career.
Totti retired in 2017, having spent his entire professional career with boyhood club Roma, making his debut in 1992. He had offers to continue playing, but insisted he wanted to maintain his promise of never playing for another club.
"I would have ruined a 25-year career," Totti told La Repubblica when asked why he decided not to play in Asia or the United States....