Ronaldo has admitted he made up his mind to leave Manchester United last summer.
The Portugal winger looks set to seal an £80million move to Real Madrid after United accepted a world record bid from the Spanish giants.
Madrid conducted a long and public pursuit of Ronaldo last year but it proved ultimately unsuccessful as the 24-year-old remained at
But despite staying in the Barclays Premier League, and helping United retain their title, Ronaldo claims he made up his mind to leave after the Champions League triumph over Chelsea a year ago.
"After we won the European Cup. I thought there is no more I can achieve here," the Portuguese told the News of the World.
"And when you have done all you can, you know it is time for a new challenge. I stayed one more season and it was nice to make it three titles in a row but it was my dream to play for Madrid."