Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo is the most expensive football player in the world, not Gareth Bale
With the recent leak of Gareth Bale’s contract on the football leaks website, it was widely believed that Gareth Bale cost Real Madrid even more than their star man Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the headline story on Marca this Wednesday begged to differ by insisting that Ronaldo’s still remains the costliest transfer on this planet.
Real Madrid, who previously claimed Gareth Bale’s transfer was worth €91 million, were left red-faced when it was recently shown that the Welsh forward actually cost just over €100 million. It was a source of embarrasment for Los Blancos as not only were they forced to go back on their words, but wide spread rumours suggested that Ronaldo was not at all happy about being overshadowed by his teammate.
However, today’s headline on Marca revealed that the Portugese superstar did in fact cost more than Bale. According to the report, Real ultimately paid Manchester United €104.7 million for the Portuguese star which makes him the most expensive purchase in the world of football.
It is reported that since Real Madrid paid Manchester United in three seperate intsallments, it caused the agreed €96.9m fee to be raised to €104.7m.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Di Stefano’s heir
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied any possibility of selling his star man this transfer window claiming that Ronaldo still remains the best in the world. With constant rumours linking Ronaldo to PSG or an emotional return to Manchester United, Perez stepped forward to quash any of the rumours surrounding the forward, assuring supporters that the prolific forward will remain at the club for a long time to come.
"I am not surprised [about PSG's potential interest in signing] Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the best player in the world and he is the leader of Real Madrid,” Perez said.
“It's normal that other clubs dream of having him. He is (Alfredo) Di Stéfano's heir and he is very happy here, so he is not going to leave Real Madrid. He is the best player in the world and he has to keep playing for the best team in the world.”
This vote of confidence from the Madrid president will come as a shot in the arm for Ronaldo, who is currently suffering an uncharactersitic dip in form. However, it will surprise no one if Ronaldo comes out of this phase all guns blazing and proves his detractors wrong just like he has done throughout his entire career.