Reports have surfaced, as per ESPN, that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was subject to a world record bid of £110 million from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer - a bid that Real should have accepted.
The astronomical fee offered by PSG would have reinstated Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive player after this title was taken from him by team-mate Gareth Bale in a deal worth a reported £87 million.
And given that the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner turns 31 in February, this surely would have been the perfect time to cash in on the Portugal captain with his value only due to decrease.
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The Portuguese has been linked with a move back to Manchester United for a number of summers now, though a deal has consistently failed to materialise, yet this late move from Laurent Blanc’s side indicates that they believed a deal could be struck with the club.
Since the start of the new campaign, Ronaldo has largely struggled to find the target, let alone score a goal, spurning a great number of chances against Sporting Gijon and the 5-0 drubbing of Real Betis - chance that he would have buried last season.
'Form is temporary; class is permanent', as the famous expression goes. Ronaldo will be in with the goals soon, there's no doubt, but it's far from illogical to suggest that he might soon hit a decline as enters the latter stages of his career.
Therefore, there's an argument to suggest that Real should have sold their star man, using the funds to invest in a more youthful replacement, for example Marco Reus or Eden Hazard. Yet instead, they kept their faith a the player who might perhaps hinder the likes of Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez.
It was glaringly obvious last season that Ronaldo's ego had reached new heights. Week in, week out, you would see the Portuguese expressing his disappointment if a pass was not made to him when he felt as though it should have been, especially if it were Bale on the ball.
Unfortunately for Rafael Benitez, though, Ronaldo is Real's biggest star and his departure would have provoked the most violent of backlashes, but the truth of the matter is that he should have sold Ronaldo and built his team around players who currently offer more to the team than what he does - goals.