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"Following [Monday's] reports published by some media outlets, which claim that I have been surprised and bothered by the statements made by Cristiano Ronaldo, I clarify the following, Firstly, Ronaldo's declarations are based on reasons that are the best of my knowledge. It is at the discretion of Cristiano whether he discloses them or not.
Secondly, these statements have not surprised me and, much less, caused me any discomfort. The relationship that binds me to Cristiano Ronaldo means he will always count on me with total solidarity.
And, Florentino Pérez.
"I talked to Cristiano Ronaldo and he didnt say he wanted to leave Real [Madrid] but he wants to end his career in Manchester United"
Wow you put it in bold, you must be right, he's definitely going to sign for us.
He's the most expensive player in history, has a £1billion release clause and earns £250k a week before bonuses, in other words we can't afford him even if he genuinely wanted to leave. He also said he wanted to end his career in Madrid at the end of last season, suddenly he's unhappy. It's all posturing to get an improved contract at Madrid. If he's genuinely upset there its nothing £350k a week can't solve. Would be absolutely stunned if he left Real.
Also where is that 2nd quote even from? Doesn't seem to be any reputable sources using it.
From what people were saying it sounds like he is a little upset at new arrivals on big contracts, team mates getting improved contracts and players at other clubs getting more money than he does. He thinks he's the best so wants to be paid more than the rest. If that is true, I just lost a little bit of love for him.
He's just angling for a new contract Madrid know they can't lose him and the summer he'll be going into the final 2 years of his current deal worth around £250k a week now the top paid player in the world is Eto on over £300k at Anzhi he wants something like that as the next contract he signs is going to be his biggest.
Real have a problem in that his new contract will be subject to a much higher tax rate which obviously Ronaldo won't be paying as his salary is net so Real face a big problem as foreign players no longer pay 25% tax they now pay 40% like the Spanish top earners do so to make Ronaldo the worlds best paid footballer they'll need to cough up over £500k a week in order to pay his tax bill.
If he was to leave Real I'm not sure he'd come back to England he'd probably go to Italy.
If he actually wanted to leave why wait till the day after the transfer window shuts to make such a comment.
Realistically? He definitely won't leave. I agree with the majority of the posters so far, it's but posturing to get a better contract deal.
But putting realism and pragmatism aside for a bit to consider the "what if" -- if all implications are suddenly pointing to him leaving Bernabeu and if he's hinting he wants to go back to Old Trafford, then I think it'd be foolish to not break the bank and sign him. I wouldn't mind it if we have to add Rooney and/or Bebe to the deal as added leverage. This might all sound dreamy, but as Aman27deep put it, "we should be able to dream."
Its highly unlikely Ronaldo will rejoin United, but FFP won't prevent the possibility. Our current wage/turnover is approximately 46-48%, FFP allows for 60%. Our revenue for 2011/12 was £367m, this would allow for approximately an additional £45-50m on wages. Since the PLC days we've always worked on a 50% ratio, so its unlikely we'll break our wage structure.
President of ‘I want Anderson’s and Nani’s babies’ fan club
'I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case.
'At this point, I just want to guarantee to the Real Madrid fans that my motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions will not be affected. 'I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of.'