Date:Monday June 18 2007
Manchester United will receive a healthy amount of cash from Real Madrid though Los Merengues won their crucial game against Mallorca without Ruud and Becks.
The above sentence is not entirely true: both players started at the Bernabeu as Real aimed to win their first championship in four years.
However, Ruud van Nistelrooy had to be substituted in the first half due to injury while Beckham gave way to Reyes in the second half - and the Arsenal loanee eventually won the game for Madrid.
The title victory means United will cash in: Ł1million will be paid in terms of the deal that took Beckham to the Bernabee while we'll receive two packs of Ł500,000 because Ruud finished as top scorer as well as winning the league.
Amid all the joys of the title, Van Nistelrooy revealed it had been terrible for him to leave United.
'In my first season here having a season like this, winning the league and finishing top scorer, it is great,' he told Sky.
'I couldn't imagine I would have a season like this, scoring 25 in the league, and I just feel the hard work has paid off with this. It's great to be part of a team like this.
'It was difficult to leave United to be fair, that broke my heart but I had to pick things up and I got the motivation to get the best out of me again and start all over again.
'Now I am just happy that we won and that the season was tremendous. I just want to thank all the United fans that have supported me over the last year, and still do.'
Beckham stressed that despite all the spectacularly unsuccessful years, this title puts all his Madrid troubles into the bed. Shame that he leaves now...
Anyway, congratulations to them! Some say it was a mistake to let them go but I'm not sure if that's true. At least, not in both cases.
Beckham's departure definitely weakened the team as he wasn't properly replaced and the next season showed how much we missed him. In the case of Ruud, it's much simpler: he's gone, scored a hatful of goals in Spain, won a league title whereas we reverted into our free-scoring ways of old, storming to the league title. Cannot see where the mistake is in the story...
Date:Monday June 18 2007
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