On June 11 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80 million transfer was completed from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The ongoing saga of Ronaldo’s supposed love affair with the 32-time Spanish champions finally came to a conclusion with most of us thinking that he would spend the rest of his career in Madrid.
However, recent revelations from the player would suggest this may not be the case. Ronaldo’s feelings were thrust into the public domain by his refusal to celebrate two goals against Granada in Madrid’s first win of the season over the weekend.
This broadcasted admission from Ronaldo has naturally sparked a flurry of speculation concerning the Portuguese star’s future at the club, with Manchester City lining up a ‘would-be’ world record fee of £95 million for the ex-Manchester United forward.
Although Ronaldo’s two goals against Granada took his goas tally to 150 in 149 appearances for the Spanish giants, is any player worth the muted £95 million fee?
We look at what players could have been purchased for a total fee of £95 million in the most recent transfer window, and you can decide who you would prefer in your side? Don't forget to have your say at the bottom of the story....
So, it's Cristiano Ronaldo for £95 million OR…
Eden Hazard: After completing a £33 million move to Chelsea from Lille, the young Belgian forward has made a compelling start to his Premier League career, with one goal and six assists to his name thus far. Plays in a similar position to Ronaldo and is also and a lot younger.
Robin van Persie: Probably the most publicised transfer of the 2012 summer transfer window, and arguably the best striker in the Premier League in the 2011/12 season. His 30 goals for Arsenal meant there were a host of clubs interested in his services. For £24 million he was a bargain for Manchester United.
Santi Cazorla: The new star of Arsenal football club after the aforementioned Robin van Persie left for rivals Manchester United. Playing in a central role for the Gunners he will contribute with countless assists and goals as the season progresses. Joined for a modest fee of £16 million from cash-strapped Malaga.
Shinji Kagawa: Joining from the German champions, Borussia Dortmund, Kagawa was instrumental in claiming their second consecutive championship last season. The Japanese international completed a £17 million move early in the window and should prove a shrewd addition from Sir Alex Ferguson this season.
Emmanuel Adebayor: The Togolese international has an impressive Premier League pedigree over the years, playing for Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. After impressing on a loan spell at White Hart Lane last season he completed a £5 million move to the North London side.
The total transfer fees for Hazard, Van Persie, Cazorla, Kagawa and Adebayor is £95 million - the same transfer fee that Manchester City have reportedly set aside for Ronaldo.
Instead, you would receive two strikers of the highest quality in Van Persie and Adebayor, with an attacking midfield line of Hazard, Cazorla and Kagawa in behind. But is it a forward line that eclipses the talents of an individual player?