It's said that every man has a price in life but up until a while ago Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer saga has been a entirely different story.
The Portuguese superstar has long been linked with a move away from Madrid, with both his former club Manchester United and French giants PSG showing interest in the Madrid starlet. The Bernabeu outfit has, however, persistently maintained the view that their star player is not for sale; even so, given the capricious nature of the football transfer market, the simple assurance didn’t prove good enough to stop the media and their skeptic fanbase from speculating.
However, as the winter transfer window approaches, Madrid supremo Florentino Perez has gone on the offense this time and stamped a mind boggling release clause of £700 million on the
three-time Ballon d’Or winner, possibly waving away PSG and any other potential suitors for the Madrid ace.
“If PSG want Ronaldo, it’s easy: They have to pay the release clause — €1 billion,” the Blancos president told Cadena COPE. “No one is a prophet in football, but we don’t want to sell him in 2016. There are still three years left on his contract.”
While money is clearly no motive for Florentino and his club, the bold statement clearly warns PSG that if they are to get the man they desire, they better be prepared to obliterate the transfer record.
As ridiculous as it many sound, this isn’t an isolated incident; in fact, a lot of other clubs across Europe has discovered that inflated release clauses are just another way of saying that the player in question is not for sale.
Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell once famously said that a buying club will need to cough up an astonishing total of €580 million just to swoop in on their star player Lionel Messi, who, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, happens to be in charge of the football monopoly.
While Messi’s release clause might be a justified amount for the four-times Ballon d’Or winner, Florentino’s bold claims seems to be spiraling over the rooftop. While Messi has been valued higher than Ronaldo by many leading publishers in the subsequent years, the Bernabeu outfit has decided to drastically inflate the Portuguese superstar’s price tag just to ensure that he stays put.
If the situation is indeed as it seems, a wise man would probably put their money on Ronaldo staying put; but then again, who knows what billionaire Nasser Al Khaleifi is capable of.