Transfer News: –
Real Madrid has announced how much it will cost any team that may be interested to sign Cristiano Ronaldo away from them. It is reported that PSG of France have strong interest in the talented player to boost their chance of winning the champions league. PSG made a bid of £110 million for the Portuguese international. However, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez said that if any team is serious at this moment to prize the player away from them, they must be ready to give out the whooping sum of € 1 billion (£730 million). “If PSG want Cristiano Ronaldo it’s simple: they have to pay the €1 billion release clause,” Perez told Spanish radio (h/t Callum Davis of the Daily Telegraph). “No one is a prophet in football, but we don’t want to sell him in 2016, he still has three years left on his contract.”
Ronaldo is the world’s finest footballer in the eyes of many and despite a slow start to the 2015-16 season, remains the key player in this Real Madrid team. As we can see here courtesy of WhoScored.com, it only seems to be a matter of time before the Portuguese gets his La Liga goal tally up and running this season:
Cristiano Ronaldo: Has had more shots (16) than any other player in La Liga this season pic.twitter.com/4wXkv2gMIH
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 4, 2015
However, there have been some rumours of discontent recently. As reported by AS (h/t the Daily Telegraph), it was suggested in pre-season that Ronaldo was disappointed with the training methods of new manager Rafael Benitez. The forward was unhappy with a drill in which the players were asked to hit the bar from range.
Also, the 30-year-old forward also took to social media earlier this year, putting his support for Benitez’s predecessor Carlo Ancelotti on record before he was relieved of his duties:
Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season. pic.twitter.com/HqHHGjGGUH
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 23, 2015
There has often been talk of unrest when it comes to Ronaldo, who is not a footballer who makes much of an effort to hide his emotions. But overall he seems contented to be at Real Madrid, where he continues to post staggering goal tallies and challenge for the biggest honours around.
If he is to leave Real before he reaches the twilight of his career, you suspect Ronaldo will have to push for it. For a player of his quality, there will always be new challenges to tackle and plenty of lucrative gains to be made; two things that PSG would certainly be able to provide, as the flush French champions go in search of Champions League glory.
But as noted by bwin, there are still some accomplishments Ronaldo has yet to achieve in the iconic all-white jersey:
— bwin (@bwin) July 27, 2015
If he stays for the duration of his contract, the former Manchester United man will pass Raul’s goalscoring mark by some distance. Needless to say, he’ll be keen to enrich his legacy further with this tremendous football institution and ensure any new record remains intact for years and years to come.
PSG may come again for Ronaldo, and they represent a tantalising proposition for a player who has achieved it all in Spain. But for the French giants, the Madrid man would be a short-term fix; that money would be better served being invested in younger players, the club’s infrastructure and, critically for a club under the financial fair play microscope, toward facilitating growth.