‘I know you want to go to Real Madrid, but I’d rather shoot you than sell you to that guy,’ she says.
It c’ame as no surprise when Cristiano Ronaldo signed a world record t’ransfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in July 2009.
Ronaldo had p’rogressed from a precociously gifted teenager to the best player in the world in his six years at Old Trafford, receiving every i’maginable honor along the way.
A move to Madrid p’romised a new challenge for him, and Real, now led by the re-elected Florentino Perez, had no qualms about p’aying the £80 million fees.
Ronaldo’s move to Real M’adrid was unavoidable.
For the 12 months p’receding up to Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United, it was an unavoidable fact that his route would one day lead to the Bernabeu – it was a matter of when not if.
In the summer of 2008, after R’onaldo had helped United win their third European Cup in Moscow, Perez’s predecessor, Ramon Calderon, had openly stated his desire to s’ign him as a Real Madrid player.
Ferguson was en’raged by Real Madrid’s public pursuit of Cri’stiano Ronaldo.
The great United m’anager reveals in his autobiography how the Portugal international voiced his desire to complete the transfer a year before it was finalized, only to be appeased by negotiating a secret ar’rangement.