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Real Gave Up On Their Prime Target

For the first time, Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón admitted that it's actually Manchester United's decision to sell or keep Ronaldo.

In most of their dealings, Real Madrid act like someone who believes anything happening in the world entirely depends on him. Their attitude is: if we want a player, we get him. They have a belief that their white shirt and heavy history can't be resisted, even though their team is mediocre right now.

Now, for the first time, Ramon Calderón said that Manchester United had to decide whether they want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Merengues' main transfer target.

'We like Cristiano, but right now he is a Manchester United player,' Calderón said.

'But if the English team want to sell him, we would be first in line for him. But we will not pay crazy money. A footballer is not worth £54 million.'

It's just conceding defeat: Manchester United have stressed they do not want to sell Ronaldo. So, according to the presidente, they won't be able to buy him. End of story.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 28 2007

Time: 12:51PM

Your Comments

Considering ManU tried to use the same 'Madrid' pressure tactic through the press to convince Bayern to sell Owen, I dont see why u are getting worked up by Real's tactics on Ronaldo. Bayern have said time and again that they dont want to sell Owen.
prits
You're right, prits, but there's one notable difference: we always admitted it's up to Bayern to decide. Real act as if they target a player then his club have no choice but sell him. That was the case with Beckham and so that was the case with Ronaldo. Zae's right: it's the first time they admitted that it's up to United to decide whether Ronaldo goes to Madrid or not.
midlothian99
if they have backed off then surely he can concentrate on becoming a man u great
MOYES IS GOD
midlothian, madrid has always been known for this kind of 'buying through the media'. So I would have to say they are seasoned pros at it. ManU is not. One more notable difference :).
prits
Yes, United are only youth players in this sense :-)
midlothian99
Maybe they had a look at his last 15 games and came to the conclusion that they have enough diving cheats allready...?
Blue is the colour
 

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