MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Manchester United have agreed to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for a world record 80 million pounds, the club said Thursday. "Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of 80 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid," said a statement on its website, under the headline "Reds accept
Think I'll have a wank over these tomorrow.
It's 80 million british pounds, not dollars...so that works out to a tidy sum of $131 million american dollars...I'm a little on the fence about this practice of transfers, on one hand the team that owns the players' contract gets compensation relative to the skills of the player they are losing and can use that money to get new players, but on the other hand the player rarely gets to decide where they are going and might not be able to get the best contract from the new team they are sent to.However, in the case of Ronaldo, I'm sure he handpicked the team he wanted to go to and was going to force United to get rid of him. Looks like Madrid is going to dominate for the next few years.I can understand that it could get really really boring playing for United, but as a famous American Football coach once said "You play to win the game"...they beat up on the same 20 teams every year, win the 2-4 trophies every year that the only way to challenge yourself is to switch to a new team and see if you can work your way to the top again.
I am getting very annoyed with the money situation in European football at the moment. The magnitude of figures involved are just outrageous, this sort of money should not be spent on football transfer and wages it should be used on important issues such as the global economy and finding cures for diseases. Most of the money being spent is usually in the English premier league thanks to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City and i feel that the smaller clubs will never have a real chance of improving if all that happens is the bigger clubs just snapping up players immediately. I firmly believe that there needs to be a salary cap or bid limit of some sort to make the game much more equal and more competitive overalll, meaning a better game of football.
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