REAL SAYS NO TO CITY FOR RONALDO
MADRID — Real Madrid will not listen to an allegedly planned offer by Manchester City for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Spanish media yesterday.
A Madrid sports daily reported that City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is planning to make Real a record-breaking offer of 180 million (R1,7 billion) for the 26 year-old striker.
“Ronaldo will not leave because he does not want to and because Real did not sign him in order to sell him on but in order to win titles,” said the newspaper.
In 2009, Real president Florentino Perez smashed the world transfer record by paying 96 million (R940 million) for Ronaldo from Manchester United.
In his first season in Madrid, Ronaldo scored 26 league goals, despite a niggling ankle injury. This season he has equalled the all-time Liga scoring record with 38 goals and has the chance to establish a new record today in Real’s last game, at home to relegated Almeria.
In addition, he scored the winner in Real’s King’s Cup final defeat of Barcelona, which gave the whites their first trophy since 2008.
Radio Marca said yesterday that “there is no way that Madrid will sell Ronaldo”, and Cadena COPE said that “the club’s entire marketing and football strategy is built around him.” — Sapa-DPA.