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Die Welt - Germany | Friday, June 12, 2009

Sum to be payed for Ronaldo transfer is offensively high

Real Madrid, the Spanish football team that has won the most championships, wants to buy star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 93 million euros. The conservative daily Die Welt comments: "Is football about to annul the rules of proportionality during its summer break? No, the old free market game of supply and demand is at play here. Ronaldo is an extremely sought-after player, almost unique in his skills. He who wants him has to reach deep into his pockets - even if the sum seems fantastically high. One thing's for sure, it's not reimbursable. But because Florentino Pérez, a property tycoon and billionaire, has become president of Real Madrid money no longer matters. People like Pérez see transfers like that of Ronaldo or Kaká as a gift to the fans. The fans love them for it; this is enough reward for their vanity. But what people like Pérez fail to understand is that sums like this are offensive in times like the present."

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