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KoOlMaNsEaN
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:44 PM
United accepts record $131M Madrid bid for Ronaldo


LONDON (AP)—Manchester United accepted a world-record transfer offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid on Thursday, clearing the World Player of the Year to negotiate terms with the Spanish club.



The Premier League champions said it received an unconditional offer of $131 million for Ronaldo, and unlike last offseason is willing to see its 24-year-old star join a major European rival.
United said: “At Cristiano’s request—who has again expressed his desire to leave—and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player. Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June.”
Madrid confirmed the offer for Ronaldo in a statement, saying: “The club hopes to reach an agreement with the player in the coming days.”
The Portugal winger, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, spent last June pushing for what he called at the time a “dream move” to Madrid.

An unsuccessful complaint about Madrid’s pursuit was made to soccer’s world governing body FIFA and an offseason move was blocked by manager Alex Ferguson, who traveled to Lisbon to persuade his player to stay at Old Trafford.
That didn’t stop Ronaldo being linked with Madrid, and Ferguson’s irritation boiled over in December when he said he “wouldn’t sell Madrid a virus,” describing the club as a “mob.”
But a world-record bid appears too hard to resist for a club whose debts have spiraled to nearly $1 billion.
Ronaldo, who was under contract until 2012, plunged his future into doubt after United lost the Champions League final to Barcelona last month, saying he wasn’t sure if would stay. This came despite having vowed to remain with United in the buildup to the match and in a broadcast interview.
The return of Florentino Perez as Madrid’s president has changed things as the billionaire looks to spend lavishly to return the Spanish side to the glory days.
Brazilian star Kaka was signed away from AC Milan earlier this week for a reported fee of around $92 million.
But the offer for Ronaldo would eclipse that, as well as the $65 million Madrid paid to lure former France striker Zinedine Zidane away from Juventus in 2001.
Ronaldo’s arrival could strengthen Madrid’s position as world soccer’s richest club based on revenue. According to accountancy firm Deloitte, Madrid earned over $512 million compared to second-place United’s $455 million.
On the field, though, Ronaldo would be joining a club that just had its first trophy-less season in three years, while United won a third straight Premier League title, the Club World Cup, and the League Cup.
Ronaldo finished as United’s top scorer again, despite not matching the 42-goal haul in the 2007-08 campaign when Ferguson’s side won the Champions League and the English title.
However, Ronaldo was viewed by some as a divisive influence at United, openly challenging Ferguson’s authority.
In the last weeks of the season he angrily swiped at some TV equipment while shaking his head in clear annoyance when substituted against Manchester City. When he missed a shot against Wigan, he answered Ferguson back from the pitch while shrugging his shoulders.
Former United manager Tommy Docherty said Thursday that relations were clearly strained with Ferguson, as they had been with David Beckham before he was allowed to join Madrid in 2003

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:44 PM
MADRID, June 11 (Reuters) - Real Madrid’s bid of 80 million pounds ($132 million) for Cristiano Ronaldo generated some sharp criticism in Spanish internet posts on Thursday, with many commentators slamming the club for spending outrageous sums in the middle of a severe recession.
Coming just days after Real president Florentino Perez paid around 67 million euros ($94.02 million) for Brazilian Kaka, the move for Ronaldo prompted widespread anger in a country with an unemployment rate of 18.1 percent, the highest in the European Union.
“In Spain there are four million jobless. That’s four million family dramas,” Juancarlosm wrote on the website of daily El Mundo.

“Spending this shameful amount of money is immoral. I am embarassed to be a Madrid fan.”
Pepe, writing on the El Pais site, said he could not fathom how a nation with a jobless rate approaching 20 percent could permit the most expensive transfer the game has ever seen.
“We are living in a banana republic,” he wrote. “When I go abroad I say that I am Italian because I am embarassed to be from this country.”
There was some support for construction magnate Perez, who twice broke the transfer record in bringing “galacticos” Zinedine Zidane and Figo to the Bernabeu in his previous stint as president in 2000-2006.
“Very expensive? Excessive? Of course, obviously, but the best players are priceless,” Raphael wrote on El Pais.
“Madrid is a prisoner of its history. Either it’s one of the greats or it’s not Madrid.
“What Florentino is doing seems positive to me,” Leonidas III wrote on El Mundo.
“Or have all you others done more in your life than he has? Do you think he doesn’t know what he’s doing?”
EmiCR7 wrote on El Mundo that Real had to buy players like Kaka and Ronaldo if they wanted to generate the most revenue.
“Florentino is unique in this and will turn Madrid into a club with income of more than 600 million euros.”
But the overwhelming majority of posts were critical.
“From an (as of today) ex-soccer fan it seems to me both immoral and an insult to people’s intelligence,” Frankie wrote on El Mundo.
“Where have soccer’s sporting values gone? Far, far away.”

FORZA SARITA
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:48 PM
pathetic....watch them next year still without a title with C Ronaldo and Kaka in the team :lol::lol::lol:

propi
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Wow, that makes me realize how low the dollar is in comparison to € :eek:


















Oh, about Ronaldo, all of them pretty overrated as footballer

FORZA SARITA
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Wow, that makes me realize how low the dollar is in comparison to € :eek:



indeed,there's such a big difference :eek:

Destiny
Jun 11th, 2009, 09:01 PM
meh his goin to rot and will beg to come back

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 11th, 2009, 09:37 PM
:banana: :aparty: He's no longer in the Premiership :hearts:

What a glorious day!

Even though I hate ManU they will be much better off without the miserable bastard in the team :aparty:

~{X}~
Jun 11th, 2009, 10:56 PM
He's in Los Angeles at the moment being seen flirting with Paris Hilton and going back to her sisters home with her. :lol:

HRHoliviasmith
Jun 11th, 2009, 11:07 PM
He's in Los Angeles at the moment being seen flirting with Paris Hilton and going back to her sisters home with her. :lol:

ugh.:rolleyes: real madrid better try and back out while they can becaue he's just been cursed.

Ryan
Jun 11th, 2009, 11:18 PM
:eek: Why all the Ronaldo hate? Oh yeah, he's the best. :cool:

Philbo
Jun 11th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Im glad to see the back of him. I couldnt stand his acadamy award worthy dives oh so galling looks of utter disbelief at the ref's whenever one of his dives didnt get the free kick.

but more importantly it means fantasy football will be heaps better next year because people will have to be more creative than just choosing ronaldo as captain every week. Its gonna be a lot more fun.

Blu€
Jun 12th, 2009, 01:27 AM
Waste of money, Barça will win again :p:devil:

mandy7
Jun 12th, 2009, 07:58 AM
real's got great players, but they can't seem to form a team
last year they tried to turn into old-school-Barca with all the Dutchies they bought
i hope they sell ManU Rafael v/d Vaart or Robben for not too much
give Royston Drenthe back to Feyenoord
Get Van Nistelrooij back into shape, and put him on the field again
Send Sneijder to Bayern Munich for a pile of cash
and let Huntelaar rot on their bench
that'd be nice :D

oh and ronaldo is a brilliant player, but he wanted to leave, so in the end there was no use hanging on to him for another season

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 12th, 2009, 09:33 AM
:eek: Why all the Ronaldo hate? Oh yeah, he's the best. :cool:

Messi says hi :bigwave: