TRANSFERMARKT have revealed the petty reason why Cristiano Ronaldo blocked them on social media in March 2020.
And it all comes down to ego.
Ronaldo, 36, believed Transfermarkt’s market valuation of him was way off, coming in at £67.5million.
That ranked him fourth in Serie A behind Christian Eriksen, Lautaro Martinez and then Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala.
And despite Ronaldo ranking highest in his age category, the Portuguese was still very annoyed.
Daniel Busch, Transfermarkt’s UK manager told The Athletic: “We put a list on Instagram with 10 players, 33 and older, and Ronaldo was still in first place in value, but he said he must be worth much more.
“They answered him, explained why, and told him, ‘The people in your age group, you are by far the number one’.
“It was £30-50 million difference (between Ronaldo and the next player on the list), and then he sent some smilies, and then he blocked us.”
But CR7 was also valued the same as Romelu Lukaku at the time, with the Belgian making a £97.5m move to Chelsea in the same transfer window last summer.
Fortunately for Ronaldo is he still valued highly by United and paid £480,000 a week – a £100,000 more than the Red Devils’ next highest earner David De Gea.