Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer - Man Utd to Real Madrid for 80m Pound
The inevitable can be delayed only. And the inevitable has happened. This was waiting to happen. The biggest transfer in the history of football sees the World Footballer of the Year 08 Cristiano Ronaldo move to Real Madrid from Manchester United for a record 80m Pounds.
The glittering six year stay at Old Trafford has finally come to an end and Cristiano Ronaldo's dream to play in Spain will be a reality next season. Sir Alex Ferguson tried his best to persuade the star winger to stay at United but his heart was not at Old Trafford. He yearned for more challenges, not with United but with Real Madrid.
The transfer sees Ronaldo team up with Kaka at the Santiago Bernebau, what is seen to be the start of another era of galacticos. Real Madrid have smashed their own transfer record and have again brought a world class player to their team.
This move was not being regarded as possible after Sir Alex Fergusons statement that "he would not sell that mob a virus". However, this move is another addition to the list of Manchester United players moving to Real Madrid with Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze and David Beckham among others.
Ronaldo, currently on holiday in Los Angeles, has informed Manchester United of his desire to leave Old Trafford for the Bernabeu and the Premier League champions have now granted his wish by allowing him to speak to Real over a transfer.
In a brief statement issued on the club website this morning, United confirmed that they have accepted Real's offer, while stipulating that the deal must be wrapped up by June 30.
The statement said: "Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
"At Cristiano's request - who has again expressed his desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
"Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June. The club will not comment until further notice.
Having failed to prise Ronaldo away from Old Trafford last summer, Real have now stunned United with the size of their offer for the 24 year-old, who cost the Premier League champions £12.2m as a 17-year-old from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Ronaldo has done little to hide his desire to play for Real and his behaviour towards the end of last season, when he reacted angrily to being substituted against Manchester City at Old Trafford, highlighted cracks in his relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
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