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City Tapping Up Ronaldo

When you’re worth roughly $1 trillion, the price of any top class footballer will be cheap to you. Real Madrid were looking to pay something around £60-70 million for Ronaldo in the summer, but City’s new owners are happy to double that figure.

David Gill has admitted today that whilst United aren’t in the business of selling their best players, they were certainly consider such a staggering offer for Ronaldo.

However, he posted an interesting question. How is it that Sir Alex Ferguson was on the receiving of harsh criticism for confessing his desire to sign Berbatov, but no one has batted an eye-lid at these comments coming from Far Eastlands?

I assume it’s because everyone thinks City are a bit of a joke, even more so now than in the past, and can see that Ronaldo would never be tempted away from United to join City.

“It was an interesting comment, I think it’s a fan’s-type comment,” Gill said. “It’s interesting when Alex mentioned the Dimitar Berbatov signing in advance that complaints were made to the Premier League. He mentioned Torres and Fabregas in the same article so I think we will treat that with a pinch of salt. I have never met the gentleman. That is a fantastic amount of money and would turn the industry upside down so I can’t believe he is serious at those sorts of levels. Ultimately we would discuss any offer with Alex and the owners, as that sort of money is very large for one person. But we are not in the market to sell our best players.”

To let the pantomime continue, how about we stick in a complaint to the Premier League? Just to spice things up a little bit.

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  1. Anant says:

    tell on citeh, ha , theyre not even worth it .besides they would have already bought the f.a. by then !

  2. Tom F says:

    I would find it impossible to not support Manchester United, I would never ever be able to turn my back on the Club and my passion for them will never die until I do. Sometimes though I wish I could, foreigners coming in with crazy money and buying clubs like they do is turning football upside down like Gill has said.

    It’s one thing us as United supporters being against the Glazer takeover when it happened, like it’s one thing that Arsenal fans can be proud that they haven’t gone down that route just yet. However it doesn’t make a difference at all, because there’s no point supporting a team in a league when the league has been torn apart like it has.

    The only satisfaction out of all this is to see our team still performing better than those who throw money about like Chelsea and now City. The only salvation is that it’s clear City won’t be winning the Champions League or the premier league anytime in the next few years, they can have a vision but the vision they have is very distorted.

  3. Tom F says:

    Also, when Gill said this:

    “It’s interesting when Alex mentioned the Dimitar Berbatov signing in advance that complaints were made to the Premier League.”

    I thought Fergie never said anything publicly using Berbatov’s name… hmm??


    well tom it still applies, we were reported because tottenham believed the sun – reguardless of it being true or not, gill is just using that as a example. city have actually made those quotes and no one thinks twice

  5. Spinoza says:

    I know City will ruin the game with big signings but we seem to be obsessed with City to the point we’re becoming a joke. What’s happening here chaps?

  6. denton davey says:

    You guys seem to be missing another aspect of this “City interest” – the price quoted is double that suggested from Real Madrid so that it pretty well blows them out of the water unless, of course, CR7 is really serious about his “dream move” in which case he, like Berbatov, will force his employers to accept the lower offer from Madrid.

    To my way of thinking, UTD supporters should be grateful to this trillionaire because he is going to act like a beater in a grouse hunt – he is going to flush out the real interest in Ronaldo (I have a sneaking suspicion that Filipao of the Rent Boyz might want him down the King’s Road and might go past Kenyon to ask Roman Abramovitch directly to release the funds) and flush away the unsettling interest that Madrid specialize in.

    Either way, this “City interest” is going to cost UTD lots of money to keep Ronaldo. I sure hope that the rumoured UTD/Nike image-rights deal will come into play and keep the kid in our #7 shirt.

    By the way, Scott, I have a little bit of “research” for you – which player has represented which #-shirt the best for UTD: so Best or Ronaldo for #7, Giggs for #11, and so on. I don’t have a very strong sense of this issue but would be fascinated to hear from others.

  7. Anto Griffin says:

    Denton Davey:
    Number 3 – Denis Irwin, no question about it.

  8. Chingar says:

    Totally agree with Anto Griffin’s replay to Denton Davey’s question. Denis “The Machine” Irwin – what an underrated player!

  9. theboy says:

    number 12 – ashley grimes!!

  10. Tom F says:

    This is Manchester… I know it applies, but thought it was funny that despite it being a Norwegian United Fan Blog who misquoted Fergie, getting his name dragged in to the spotlight when he never even used the word ‘Berbatov’ – David Gill used the example as if he did.

    Obviously I don’t really care, but just a thought / observation.

    As for DD’s question:

    #1 Peter Schmeichel

  11. Ishaq(South Africa) says:

    SCOTT , where do you get your figure of 1 trillion from?

  12. Tom F says:

    Ishaq – taken from

    “Financial institutions in London estimate that the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has assets of $700 billion (about £395 billion) and Mubadala, the fund that bought 5 per cent of Ferrari, is valued at between $10 billion and $20 billion.

    In total, the al-Nahyans are likely to have more than $1 trillion at their disposal, but Sheikh Mansour will not be allowed to spend that on football players. Rather, the purchase of City is a personal hobby and will come out of his bank account, although it is impossible to know how much is in it. According to Arab experts in the Gulf, Sheikh Mansour’s wealth is likely to range from $5 billion to $50 billion, but his affluence is only part of the story because the club’s acquisition by royalty will open numerous other business opportunities. “

  13. paddy says:

    if they are that rich,tell em that he is avaliable for £200m.then sell sell sell.

    is it just me or does something not feel right about this takeover?

  14. Deering Tornados says:

    Bring it on i say – We saw off Chelsea and we’ll see off whatever City can produce (which I’m sure won’t be nearly as successful as Chelsea have been).

    I’d rather have the Glazers than the owners city have – Just like Abramovich he’ll buy the players he wants rather than the players that’re right for the team. Look at how well that policy has served Chelsea…

  15. MUFC123 says:

    Even if City offered 350Million for Ronaldo i think FERGIE would say no becauseof the type of person he is. He’s like a fan and has the passion of a fan so he hates City as muh as we do. He wouldn’t sell him.

  16. suhayl says:

    Dont get all worked up and serious lads. This is the time to laugh at loud at shitty. They’re making themselves look like a laughing stock alround europe with thier nonsensical dream team fantasy team..wild bids etc etc etc etc. Let them bid 135 mill or 200 mill for ronaldo. So what?

    The more people get wound up, say no, get frustrated, start fearing bids. Thats the time you give value and credence to people like dr sully and his silly comments. He wants to be spoken about, to be known, to be famous, to be feared, to be valued and be talked about in high esteem. So dont give it time or credence guys. Show him up to be the clown he is. SAY YES..ok you can have ronaldo for 200 mill. ok. That’ll soon shut that spurious mouth of his and get egg on his face. That will surely show him up to be a bigmouth. Reverse us the money you fool.

    Then he’ll think shit…these guys have called my bluff. And even if he somehow does make a bid for 200 mill. Then GREAT ALSO. Let them spend thier billions. We’ll become billionaires too. And remember even if he did make a ludicrous 135 or 200 mill bid. that would make him out to be the most stupid muppet ever. Cause no player ever, pele maradona, cryuff, beckenbaur zidane and no player in the future will ever be worth that money.

    Until a time a player a human being comes who can run faster than a cheetah, be as strong as an elephant, can morph himself into the net with the ball, become invisible on the pitch, can start flying like a eagle, can be in 11 positions at the same time. Until that time no player will be worth 100 200 300 of sully’s money.

    But like i said…stop worrying…lets embrace this muppets stupidity and comments…another moan in ho…gobshite.

    Time to call the bluff or take him to 200 or 300 either way we dont lose….either way they look STUPID ALL OVER THE FOOTBALLING COMMUNITY

  17. denton davey says:

    If ManShitty’s new owners offer 200 million – or “just” 135 million – for Ronaldo then I don’t think that SAF will be the person making the decision about sell/keep.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a great, great player but that would be a shit-load of money for owners who have financing issues.


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