Cristiano Ronaldo Fan Club

Cristiano Ronaldo Fan Club
Cristiano Ronaldo Fan Club
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese football player who currently plays for Real Madrid. He plays as a left or right winger and is one of the highest rated football stars in the world.He is also an important player in the Portuguese National team.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Platini stands firm on Ronaldo transfer fee criticism

MADRID — UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday stood by his view that the record 94 million euros which Real Madrid paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was "indecent" during a visit to the Spanish giants' stadium.
"The amount seems indecent to me," he told a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of Real's Champions League clash against AC Milan.
"But that does not bother me in the case that the club has the money to do it. And there is no problem with Real Madrid because they have the money to do it," added Platini who was sitting beside Real president Florentino Perez.
The two men went out of their way to show that there was no bad blood between Real, which spent 250 million euros on new signings in the pre-season, and UEFA, which is seeking to curb splurges by clubs.
"Ties between UEFA and Real Madrid, and between the president of UEFA and the president of Real Madrid, are, and will always be, excellent," said Perez.
Real was heavily criticized for the amount it paid to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United as well as the 65 million euros it dished out to sign Brazil's Kaka from AC Milan.
At the time Platini called the transfers "a serious challenge to the idea of fairplay" while Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano said Real's spending splurge runs the risk of pushing football clubs towards bankruptcy by inflating transfer fees.
Perez, who brought stars Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane to Real during his first term as the club's president between 2000 and 2006, said Wednesday that the club has a record budget of 422 million euros in the 2009-10 season.
Platini also predicted that Argentine striker Lionel Messi - who plays for Real's arch-rivals Barcelona - would sweep the awards this year for best player.
"I think that the player I like best at the moment is an Argentine who plays for Barcelona. I like Messi very much and I think he will win all the trophies for best player at the end of the year. He deserves it," he added.
Last year Ronaldo won the Ballon d?Or for the best player in Europe and the World Player of the Year crown.

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