Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ronaldo : Leaving or Staying?

As the Barclays English Premier League comes and goes, something remains unchanged. The same old story of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Manchester United is arising again. It started during the World Cup in 2006 and the matter was constantly arised since then.

27 June 2006
- Before Portugal's World Cup match against England
UNITED'S Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo could be leaving Old Trafford to join Real Madrid, it was announced today. "I have told my agent that I would like to leave," Ronaldo told the Marca newspaper. "I want to do so in the best way possible. I want to play for Madrid and I dream about it."
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10 July 2006 - After the World Cup clash (Rooney's red card incident)

Portuguese and Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping he does not have to return to the UK after his clash with England and Manchester United player Wayne Rooney during the World Cup.

"It's difficult to return to a country where you're not wanted. My agent will meet with United to sort out the situation. I don't think I've got the support of either the owner or the manager. Neither has backed me", claimed Ronaldo.
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13 April 2007 - Extention of contract

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United. He will now stay in the club until at least 2012.

Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have been showing interest in the Portuguese midfielder for months, and the deal is sure to quiet transfer rumours for the time being.

Ronaldo says that he is happy in club and he wants to win more trophies with them. Source :

16 May 2008 - Before Champions' League

Cristiano Ronaldo
himself is speaking of a desire to play in La Liga with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is hinting he will consider his Manchester United future after the Champions League final next week and would be tempted by a move to Real Madrid. The Portuguese winger has become one of the hottest properties in world football after scoring 41 goals this season to help United retain their Premier League title and reach the Champions League showpiece.
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22 May 2008 - After Champions' League Victory

CRISTIANO RONALDO used last night's celebrations to tell Manchester United fans: I'm going nowhere. The Portuguese wizard said: "I am going to stay - there's no way I'm leaving. I feel so happy. This is the happiest day of my life.

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5 October 2008

According to the Spanish newspaper
Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo, the great start of Manchester United, is not completely happy with his club, mainly due to the fact that the directors had offered him a raise of salary which hasn’t come yet. This is why the Portuguese is seriously thinking about leaving the Red Devils at the end of the season, time at which Alex Ferguson might win the Champions League title and the Premier League as well.
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24 October 2008
“There is no more Cristiano Ronaldo name on Real Madrid target list, not only for January but forever,” said Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. “Manchester United decided not to sell the player and we don’t want to do anything against a club like Manchester United, ” Calderon added. Calderon statement is also end the speculation over early this season about Cristiano Ronaldo move to Real Madrid.
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31 December 2008
Sulaiman al-Fahim, talked of bidding $240m (£165m) for Cristiano Ronaldo
"because we (Manchester City) are going to be the biggest club in the world".
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1 January 2009

"What people are saying now [the recent speculation about an agreement with Real Madrid] is not true," he said. "Who says that is a liar because I am happy at the club, I want to stay here [at United]. I feel at home here. I feel very happy here."

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14 January 2009

Real Madrid are refusing to allow Manchester City to hog the limelight this transfer window, and have once again wheeled out the prospect of a secret deal for
Cristiano Ronaldo in order to grab their share of the headlines. The latest twist on the story comes from 'Spanish football expert' Guillem Balague, who rubbishes reports that Ronaldo had agreed a deal with would-be Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign in 2010.
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14 January 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo dismissed fresh claims linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid and said he wants to stay at Manchester United for years to come. "Yes, I think that we can dominate for many years," said Ronaldo. "We have a lot of young players - myself included - but we have to make sure we win more trophies in the future.
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11 February 2009

According to AFP, Real Madrid borrow 70 million euros from the Santander private banking group to bring Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, but the Spanish radio who announced this state did not specified its source. The loan, which is already closed, would not fund the transfer, depending on the stresses at the same radio that “Cristiano Ronaldo has an agreement with Manchester to go to Real at the end of the season for a reasonable amount."

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13 March 2009
Manchester United received a huge boost ahead of the Saturday's clash with Liverpool when Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he will stay at Old Trafford next season. And the Portuguese winger admitted no other club can match his "dream" life at Old Trafford as they close in on the quintuple.
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3 April 2009
Real Madrid have put in place a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo's advisers that will see him leave Manchester United this summer if the world footballer of the year gets his way. Ronaldo remains determined to move to the Bernabéu and it is understood his salary and contractual terms have already been determined as part of a planned world-record £75m transfer.
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18 April 2009

The Portuguese winger has told close friends that he has no intention of joining Real Madrid this summer if Ferguson reassures him he will continue to manage United next season.

A source close to the United player revealed: “Cristiano has no immediate desire to leave United while Sir Alex is the manager.

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22 May 2009 - Before Champions League Final

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United the perfect boost to their Champions League final preparations last night by announcing his intention to stay at Old Trafford.

The World Player of the Year was widely expected to renew his pursuit of a “dream” transfer to Real Madrid this summer after the match against Barcelona in Rome on Wednesday. However, as revealed by The Times last week, he has concluded that his career would be best served by staying put for the next 12 months.

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29 May 2009 - After Champions League Loss
The Sun says confrontational remarks after the Champions League final loss are certain to put him on a collision course with Sir Alex Ferguson. When asked if he would still be at the club next season, Ronaldo, 24, would only reply: “I’ve played many games under a lot of pressure. The future? We’ll see.” Ron is aware he is a £50million target for Real Madrid, the club that desperately tried to lure him last summer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Manchester United was thrown into uncertainty again on Wednesday after he said he didn't know whether he would be playing for the English champions next season.

When asked after United's 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona if he would be at Old Trafford next season, Ronaldo said: “I don't know.”

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As Manchester United’s dejected players left Rome yesterday, one star made a statement without speaking.
One by one they traipsed on to the team bus. Everybody was wearing the club-issue suit, shirt and tie knotted to their collar. All, that is, except one. Cristiano Ronaldo hooked his designer sunglasses where his club tie should have been — ignoring the club’s instruction on dressing for the journey home.
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29 May 2009

Florentino Pérez, the prospective new president of Real Madrid, has welcomed renewed talk of an £80m move for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he would build a "great team with a great coach" if he were to win the presidency.

"He's a player that would be very good if he came to Real Madrid," said Pérez of United's Portuguese winger, who was on the losing side in this week's Champions League final, against Barcelona. "What I know is what I've read, that there is an agreement by means of which he would come for £80m."

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There's only one word to describe this situation. Pathetic. Let's all stop glorifying and sensationalising Cristiano Ronaldo as though he's only driving force in Manchester United. Let's all forget that he scored 41 goals last season and he won the European Golden Boot and FIFA World Player of the Year. Those achievements are nothing compare to his 'amazing' change of morale. Seriously. If you read the news above, you would had notice that he repeatedly spoke of his happiness (or unhappiness) in his days in Manchester United. He also repeatedly proclaimed his desire to sign for Real Madrid or his wish to stay in Manchester United.

As an avid Manchester United fan, I am absolutely feeling disgruntled and confused about the whole situation. I believe fans all over the world will be feeling the same too. At the end of the day, the main question is still unanswered. Is he staying or not? As the situation progresses, Manchester United should not be too desperate for Cristiano Ronaldo to stay as we don't know where his loyalty lies.

Oh yes, Cristiano Ronaldo is a very marketable and incredible player who will not only help Manchester United in winning games but also help them earn millions. If he eyes to switch to Real Madrid, Manchester United's losses might be too great to bear. Football is actually a business after all. For me, so what? He's an excellent player but he's not the only one. He helps the club to earn millions but he's not the only one.

The 75 million pound transfer fee is an amazing sum of money but loyalty is priceless. But do Manchester United want to keep a player who desires to be in another club? If he insists on leaving and there is nothing Manchester United can do about it, just let him go. If he wants to stay, then it's good news. No more begging for him to stay from the fans, please.