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First Kaka. Now Cristiano Ronaldo Set To Go To Real Madrid

by: JamieD On  Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cristiano RonaldoTotal Pro Sports – After Brazilian star, and former AC Milan player Kaka was shipped to Real Madrid, it was thought that the biggest transfer this offseason had just occurred.  Boy were we ever wrong.

ESPN has reported that Manchester United has accepted a $131.6 million bid (£80 million) from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, and we assume he is taking Luana Belletti with him.  This deal trumps the previous Kaka deal, setting a new transfer record and also raising Real’s total spending on the two transfers to an astounding $228 million.  That is an unbelievable amount of money, even for one of the world’s richest sporting clubs.

The move, although straining to the wallet, should pay dividends on the field where Real Madrid will now have two of the worlds most talented players initiating their offensive attack.  So what would lead Manchester United to give up their prized possession?  A statement on their website had the following to say:

”Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

”At Cristiano’s request – who has again expressed his desire to leave – and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.

”Matters are expected to be concluded by June 30. The club will not comment until further notice.”

Although it was stated in December by Sir Alex Ferguson that he would not “sell that mob a virus” (referring to Real Madrid), he has clearly gone back on his word.  Money will do that, but what does this mean for Manchester United now?  Some believe that they may take a look at Bayern Munich’s Frank Ribery, but his cost is said to be a little high.  Another possibility is Wigan’s Antonio Valencia.  One thing is for sure.  The club will now have plenty of money to spend, but filling the void left by Ronaldo will not be an easy task.