Spaniards see Ronaldo's fee as insanely excessive
About 75 percent of Spaniards polled in various opinion polls think Real Madrid is paying an excessive amount for Cristiano Ronaldo.Madrid – Most Spaniards believe the EUR 94 million paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo was excessive, according to opinion polls Thursday.
To the question "do you think it was reasonable to pay this price?" some 75 percent of 10,000 Internet users who responded replied "no", one poll by the private radio station Cadena Ser said.
Three quarters of almost 100,000 Internet users who responded to a poll by the Marca newspaper also though Ronaldo was "expensive".
The newspaper ABC said some 72 percent of those questioned in its survey found the amount "excessive".
Manchester United said Thursday it had agreed to sell Ronaldo to Real Madrid for a world record GBP 80 million (EUR 94 million), far more than previous record of EUR 75 million paid by Real for Zinedine Zidane in 2000.
Comments posted by Internet users on the site of the Madrid daily El Mundo were almost unanimously critical of the huge sum paid.
Among the comments were: "there's no sense in it", "it's immoral and an insult to the intelligence" and "it's completely insane".
Ronaldo has long been a target for the Spanish giants, whose recently-returned president Florentino Perez vowed earlier this week to do "everything possible" to take the 24-year-old to the Bernabeu.
The news comes just days after Real clinched the 56-million-pound transfer of Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Italian side AC Milan as they look to compete with arch-rivals Barcelona on the domestic front and such as Manchester United and Chelsea in the Champions League.
United fans have repeatedly been told no deal had been agreed for the sale of FIFA's world player of the year in the face of regular statements from Spain the former Sporting Lisbon star was bound for the Bernabeu.
But it has been reported in England that Ronaldo, who is currently on holiday in Los Angeles, earlier this year had agreed a pre-contract with the Spanish club worth GBP 8.3 million a year over the next five years.
He has been keen to join Real for 18 months and it took a last-ditch plea from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to persuade him to stay at Old Trafford last year.
Ronaldo, who joined United for GBP 12 million in 2003, had made it clear he wanted a new challenge after winning the Champions League in 2008. But Ferguson flew to Lisbon and talked him into one more year with United before reporting Real to FIFA for an illegal approach.
However, Ronaldo, who is contracted to United until 2012, was never fully embraced by fans or team-mates after his flirtation with Real.
His name was sung less at Old Trafford and there was a noticeable drop-off in his performances. Although he scored 18 league goals and helped United to the Premier League title, Ronaldo was often an uninterested bystander for long periods in matches.
Cracks in his relationship with Ferguson began to show when Ronaldo reacted angrily to being substituted against Manchester City and then criticised the United manager's tactics after the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.
He clearly feels he is in danger of growing stale and the chance to be part of Real's new galáctico project will appeal to a player never shy of playing on his star quality.
Ferguson had previously insisted he "wouldn't sell that mob a virus" when asked about the possibility of allowing Ronaldo to join Real.
But the Scot has run out of patience with Ronaldo's hankering to move to Spain and has finally decided to cash in on his prize asset. United's debts of GBP 700 million must also have played a role in the club's decision to accept the offer.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals for United, including 42 in 2007-08 alone.
AFP / Expatica