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Ronaldo Would Be Daft To Join Real

Cristiano Ronaldo hinted that he might consider an offer from Real Madrid after the Champions League final.

The Portuguese winger often stated that the rumours about Real's persistent interest in him annoys him to no ends as he wishes to stay at United for years.

However, it seems he changed his mind or has been misquoted - but in a television interview he allegedly confirmed he would think about his future after the Champions League final.

'I am happy here at United but let's see what happens after the Champions League,'

'I am feeling calm here, I feel happy. In the future I don't know. I have said millions of times I would love to play in Spain. But it is one thing to dream and reality is another thing.

'I don't know the Madrid club but they know how I play. I know other teams in Spain like my game as well. That is good to know. But I am happy with United.

'But it is nice to know other clubs are interested in you.'

We could debate whether the interview really happened - after all, Ronaldo does not speak Spanish even though his native tongue is very much similar to it. But that's not the point now.

The point is, not only United would suffer from the loss of Ronaldo. Ronaldo himself would suffer of quitting United. He should really think twice before signing for Real Madrid.

Here, he is a cult hero, he's revered, his name is sung in every game. Here he can work with a manager like Alex Ferguson - he won't find such a man at Real Madrid.

In Madrid, after two bad performances the handkerchiefs will be out there. The weight of expectation on him would be enormous: though Real are far and away the biggest spenders of Europe (yes, they outspent even Chelsea in the last five years) his certainly enormous transfer fee and obvious qualities would mark him out as a leading star who would be expected to deliver.

If he wouldn't produce a blinder of a debut season, people would question whether he merited the money Real paid for him. The English media is quite cruel and crazy at times - but it's nothing compared to the Spanish media and press, particularly that of Madrid. Real's footballers live in such a limelight that is unimaginable even for a Manchester United player.

People say that Spain would suit him better. Well, he's just scored 31 goals in the English league so I struggle to see how could he play even better than this. Ronaldo is not one to slow the game down: his football is about doing the tricks and everything at a great pace. In this sense, he's tailor-made for English football.

Of course I'm annoyed by Real Madrid, the way they always boast that no player can resist them. They regularly try to pinch other top clubs' top players though this is far from commonplace among the other European superpowers - for instance, United had to endure a year-long transfer saga with all the hesitation, the difficulties before we could prize away an English player from the much poorer Bundesliga.

Real can afford Ronaldo, no doubt: whenever they are in trouble, either the Spanish government or Madrid's local government or some local businessmen help them out otherwise they couldn't have survived the Galactico era and it's financial strains when they were reported to have amassed debts of staggering amounts which have disappeared overnight among suspicious circumstances.

So, all in all, Real Madrid is a despicable club but despite that they haven't even got to the last eight of the Champions League for five consecutive seasons somehow players are still attracted by the glamour of the white shirt. Yet I can't name a single player of the last five years who could claim his career really blossomed at Real - even Robinho only found his best sporadically and Robben never recaptured his 2004/05 form. Cannavaro, once the world's most imposing defender, became a laughing stock in Madrid and Mahamadou Diarra never became the same impenetrable wall he was in Lyon's midfield.

So if I was his friend, I'd warn Ronaldo: Real may be glittering but signing for them could be very, very dangerous for him and his career.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 16 2008

Time: 11:16AM

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An intersting view on Real Madrid Zae - 'despicable' bit harsh isn't it? How long has Ronaldo got on his current deal? From a neutral view I'd be sad to see him go because he does score some good goals and plays well. But perhaps he feels it's time to fulfil an ambition of joining Real... saying that if you guys won the champs league, I think he'll be more likely to go as he might think he's accomplished everything in England.
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16/05/2008 11:42:00

Maybe, though to be honest I can't see him going this summer. It would be sad to see him go, always entertaining to watch.
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16/05/2008 11:48:00

nooooo dont go!!!
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16/05/2008 12:10:00

to be honest i think he's been misquoted and i think he's got 5 more years on his contract
Lil Carlitos
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16/05/2008 12:55:00

so he wants to play in spain. we can let him go once he hits 30.
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16/05/2008 16:48:00

Maybe 31...
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16/05/2008 17:14:00

He's under contract until 2012 so he won't leave this summer whatever Real want.
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16/05/2008 18:40:00

"Cristiano hinted he might consider an offer from real madrid after the champions league final".Funny stuff Zae!!! He didn't sign a contract with cristiano ronaldo,he signed it with Manchester United,so basically he's in no position to consider ****!!!
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16/05/2008 18:53:00

Relax people he won't be leaving. Its just him flirting with Madrid in my opinion. But Zae you are wrong on a couple things, Yes he does speak spanish. He would speak it to Henize when he was at United and he speaks it to his girlfriend who is spanish! He also stays at United because of Fergie and Carlos, when and if they leave he will also. But personally I can see Fergie retiring around when Ronaldo turns 25/26 and when that happens, he will leave. Hard to accept but seems more and more likely.
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17/05/2008 02:23:00

exactly paulinho, utd fans are no mugs, we know ronaldo will go to spain someday...but not yet. i think the televison interview in que4stion was in fact in english at the awards dinner in which he picked up the football writers player of the year award. the whole interview was broadcast on sky sports news and he did say he would like to oneday join real but he also said it was a dream, and dreams dont always come true. in addtion to this, there was around 15 tikmes he said he loved man utd and wanted to stay, yet all the media have focused on is the one line where the interviewer asked him if he could reassue fans he would be here next season. his response was that he wished to and jokingly said, but you never know the future. tbh, the englisdh media sicken me. they boast to having the best layers in the world in their league yet consistenyl try to link them with moves abroad. as soon as a player becomes succesful they hound him at every interview asking him if he wants to leave, then when he says no they keep on digging until finally they get a quote which they can explode into a plethora of little fantasies, i read the other day that ronaldo might join chelsea...chelsea for ***** sake!!! the same thing happened to henry and fabregas is starting to get it now. ronaldo WONT leave thsi summer, not on your nelly. not with sir alex in charge, or quieroz. we all know he will leave someday, but not yet so just calm down eveyone.
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17/05/2008 12:36:00 (read this, the real story from a real utd fan, not the punks at the sun and the daily mail)
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17/05/2008 17:13:00

is he not under contract?
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17/05/2008 21:08:00


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