Salgado: It would hurt if Ronaldo left Madrid

The Portugal superstar is closing in on a move to Juventus, much to the chagrin of the former Real defender

Real Madrid great Michel Salgado said he would be "hurt" if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the LaLiga giants and he is concerned the superstar is heading for an exit.

Goal understands that Ronaldo, 33, is set to complete a stunning €100 million (£88m/$117m) move from Madrid to Juventus, with the deal nearing completion.

Salgado, who won four LaLiga titles and two Champions League crowns with Madrid, admits he is worried Ronaldo is departing.

"Personally, if he is going, it will hurt me because I have been with him for six months," he said on Monday.

"He was leaving his mark in Real Madrid or he is still doing it, but I know him pretty much, and when he takes a decision he goes ahead no matter the consequences.

"But, if Cristiano is not going, we will have him for the biggest moments because he is a phenomenon. But if he finally decides to go, we have to wish him all the best and thank him for everything.

"I am worried that he is going but that is a personal decision and lowering the release clause worried me as well."

Ronaldo has been something of a machine during his time in Spain, scoring a staggering 450 goals in just 431 games.

He has won LaLiga twice, two Copa del Reys and has also helped the club to four Champions League trophies, along with the FIFA Club World Cup three times and the UEFA Super Cup twice.