It is the rumour of the week and it could turn into a historic transfer if it turns into reality! Manchester City’s owner sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is planning to make a record-breaking offer of € 180 million ($ 256.9 million) for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo according to Spanish sports daily AS.
The Portuguese superstar joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for the world transfer record fee of € 96 million and it seems like United’s city-rivals are keen to give their Champions League ambitions a boost. Rumours indicate that Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Mansour would like to offer Ronaldo a contract with a salary of € 17 million per season!
Both clubs have already denied the news out of Spain and Real Madrid has indicated that they are not willing to sell the 26 year-old striker. But with relations between Ronaldo and coach José Mourinho said to be strained, it has been suggested City could try their luck to bring Ronaldo back to the Eastlands.
Anyway we need to ask one question:
Is there any justification to offer € 180 million for ONE player? I would strongly say NO! Football is a business nowadays, but the wages and fees for footballers have reached a new level in Europe, which is not acceptable! How can a club justify such a bid to its fans?
It may be the irony of fate that the poorest of the poorest hail stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and their clubs, while fighting to survive on a daily basis…