Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Real have to net Ronaldo or count the cost

Real Madrid are preparing to step-up their offensive for Cristiano Ronaldo amid suggestions that not signing him would cost the club 30million euros.

The outlandish claim that Madrid will incur a penalty clause if they end up passing on the Manchester United player surfaced after the club’s vice-president Fernando Tapias appeared on Spanish Radio station Cadena COPE.

He was asked about the now infamous alleged pre-contract agreement between former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes made last summer.

It was put to him that the agreement stipulated that Madrid would either have to pay 90million euros to sign Ronaldo or a 30million penalty if they did not, and Tapias responded: “Yes but that is not our fault. Ronaldo is a great player. I remember when I was last at the club and (Luis) Figo was here telling people about him.

“He is one of the best players in the world. That he has a special character and that the price is exorbitant is also true. Maybe FIFA should put a 50million cap on transfers.”

The suggestion that the previous Madrid regime have lumbered the new president with the obligation to sign Ronaldo is being viewed by some as the perfect get-out for Perez who could later be criticised for over-spending on the Portuguese international by his own supporters.

It also signals the start of a new media offensive designed to highlight the club’s clear intention to go for the world’s most commercially lucrative player.

Perez said. “People say that Zidane was the most expensive signing but he turned out to be the cheapest in many ways.

“It was that type of signing that made us the club with the highest income in the world.”

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