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Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United

Posted by John Beech on June 12, 2009

The purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid for a fee of £80 million (1) has been widely reported (as has the latter’s earlier purchase of Kaka from AC Milan for a reported fee of £56 million (2)). How much of the £80 million will be made available for use in the transfer market remains unclear, and it is thus difficult at this stage to assess the impact on the English transfer market. But I would surprised to see Sir Alex Ferguson spend it all before the end of the transfer window.

The impact on Spanish football is more clear. Real Madrid are making a bold statement of how they see themselves as a European club – as a big roller. Within the Spanish football scene, the gap between the ‘big 2’ of La Liga and ‘the rest’ will inevitably be widened, to the detriment of all other Spanish clubs and the state of Spanish football in general.

At an entirely different level, I can’t help pointing out that the combined fees of £136 million would have bought 217,600 classrooms from Save the Children (3) – I pick this particular charity because of rivals Barcelona’s involvement with UNICEF as shirt sponsors. Have we become inured to obscenity?


One Response to “Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United”

  1. John Beech said

    See Simon Burnton’s take on this in The Guardian

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