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Record Deal Sends Kaka Packing For Real Madrid
Total Pro Sports – It has been the most talked about move during transfer season thus far, but Brazilian soccer star Kaka is now officially moving from Italian League team AC Milan to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. So how much money did it take to complete such a move? A record $94 million, smashing the previous high, which was $75 million paid to Juventus when Zinedine Zidane left to join Real Madrid in 2001.
Unhappy with being second best to Barcelona in Spain, Real is looking to improve an already talent-loaded team, and they may not be done just yet. Reports had indicated that they were interested in Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Should they land him, it will surely mean the rising dominance of Spanish clubs in European football. England has held the reigns for the past couple of years, making their mark on the Champions League, but with Barcelona’s victory in 2009, and now the free spending of Real Madrid, Spain may be the new center of the soccer universe. Oh, and lets not forget their Euro 2008 championship.
Manchester United will surely have something to say about Ronaldo leaving, but if things go well for Real, 2010 may be the year of Spain, and with the World Cup set for South Africa next year, Spaniards will hope for just that. Another celebration (this time minus Messi) is exactly what they are looking for. Just make sure the parade busses can handle the load.
Real Madrid signs Kaka from AC Milan – [FoxSports]