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Ronaldo Finally Shows A Bit Of Class

Let me state first that I agree with my esteemed colleague united4life: there's been too much written about Ronaldo. However, I feel his latest comments are worthy of attention.

It's not the fact he stays - I'm not certain that is beneficial, especially that we could have received an enormous fee for him and if he leaves next year the price will be lower. It might not be in the best interests of the team as his ego could prove too big to do the job for the team.

However, I'm happy that he had the class, the decency to at least make a very public comment which, at the very least, seems honest. He is responsible for the controversy (along with Real Madrid of course) and I'm happy that he found it important to stress that it is an honour to play for Manchester United - even if he does not feel so.

I also appreciate that he did not try to deny he was trying to engineer a move to Madrid. As he said, it would be only a feeble attempt to cheat everyone's consciousness. It might not be enough to bring back the Viva Ronaldo chants but it is the first bit of class he's shown since the Champions League final...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 10:34AM

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woah! diva diver and decency? now i've heard everything! quit fooling yourselves guys, he had pushed himself / been pushed so far back the precipice, anything other quote would have sounded hollow. but zae, on a more serious note, i couldn't agree with you more on one thing. you guys should have grabbed real's offer and shipped him out for the obscene price calderon was willing to pay. next year this time you'll get a badly knocked down tag on a player whose powers would have evaporated. his mind is not in it... he won't win you the season like last year, and each passing matchday will further dilute his market value. if i were rednose, i'd have bought two more-than-decent players for the swap and even kept the change.
johnny come lately
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07/08/2008 13:20:00

Time will tell whether Ronaldo will lose the form he has currently hit. Class is permanent but as we all know - in football, anything can happen. Its a refreshing change to hear this level of honesty from a player in this situation; I think it must be very difficult to be at the centre of a tug of war between your contract, your boyhood dreams and Real Madrid waving piles of money at you. Could we have walked away from that with our integrity intact?
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07/08/2008 14:18:00

Good to see Ronaldo seemingly being honest and clear in what he says about United. Because he's staying, he'll need to lie low for a little while, and just start scoring goals, and becoming more of a team-player. His relationship with United fans appears, to say the least, a little fragile. Only good, old fashioned work will lead to him being accepted again (certainly by me).
Man utd champions
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07/08/2008 14:35:00

Oh, and by the way, can anyone tell me exactly what Sir Alex hopes to achieve by keeping Ronaldo for just another year? By next year, he'll have lost a lot of his value, and by keeping an injured player who may not be fully committed to the club, seems to me slightly pointless. It's not for me to doubt Sir Alex, but if he's going I just think he might as well go now???
Man utd champions
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07/08/2008 14:38:00

MuC, exactly my point. it makes for better math to take the windfall you're assured now and use it to fund other quality. sometimes you have to think beyond your nose.
johnny come lately
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07/08/2008 15:14:00

he'll keep his value, dont worry. the fact that he is young and that his talent and skills are undisputed, will still make him the most expensive transfer of all times. maybe the offer wont be 75. it might be 65 or even 60. I dont think we will mind.
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07/08/2008 19:24:00

anw, i think SAF was caught by suprise with ronaldos transfer saga, so i gues he's kept him for at least one more year so that he can take his time and plan for next year for probable replacements.
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07/08/2008 19:27:00

You can hire very good PR people on the sort of money he makes.
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07/08/2008 20:05:00

Ronaldo has won everything in England. Why not win everything else in another top league? I sure as hell would like to. Get over yourselves.
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07/08/2008 21:33:00

Paulinho Ronaldo only wants to move because Madrid is his dream, NOTHING ELSE!!!! get the ***** out!!.........anyway if we keep him this season and he helps us win trophies again then it was worth keeping him and losing maybe 10m on his transfer from this summer IMO my nly fear is that he will be leaving when Fergie is near retirement, losing Ronaldo and Fergie in short space time could hit us HARD
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08/08/2008 13:30:00

settle down there champ, I said in a post in "Ronaldo Stays" I believe that it was his dream since he was 6 so don't ****ing tell me about Ronaldo bud. Cantona said it him self, no matter what United will continue to win through time. Its just in the United mentality and all teams go through tranistion after some years of playing, ALL TEAMS. Example: Barca.
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08/08/2008 17:08:00

Class? on the field yes, off it not on your nelly
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08/08/2008 20:37:00

Ronaldo will go eventually, whether now or in a year. I'd sell him if he wants out. Might as well cash in on the jackass. Saying he showed class for accepting responsibility for the drama he's caused goes to show that fans will forgive a player for anything if he's good enough. Double-standards.
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08/08/2008 23:06:00

Always knew he would stay despite all the stories that were mad up about the situation and various quotes that had been said and never backed up with evidence. Ronaldo must have seen something in fergie and visa-versa the way the gaffer is now talking about ronaldo being there a long time. IMO I think fergie reminded ronaldo about how good it is here and I think he has realised he is at the best place play football
Patrick Bateman
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09/08/2008 15:41:00

I worry because Ronaldo can go for next to nothing next season, when he will be able to buy out his contract under the Webber rule or something. Unless Fergie can pull off a new contract, United look like losing their player and their 70 odd million... :(
Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 17:21:00


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