"Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of 80 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid," the club said.Well, well, well...
"At Cristiano's request - who has again expressed his desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
First fantasy Premier League had the David Beckham era. He was the player you had to have in your side, no matter what the cost. In fact we still jokingly try to convince our friends to "sell Beckham" when it comes to the "do I hold the best guy in the league even though he's eating up 25% of my salary cap?" question. Then came the TH14 era, which by the time Henry left for Barcelona the Premier League had entered the CRon era.
And now, that is over. Sacrificed for a new galactico era in Madrid. It is going to be FASCINATING to watch Madrid this season. How do Kaka and CRon get along. What happens to the Dutch contingent - Robben, Sjneider, and van der Vaart? They would be welcome in any team. In fact, if I were Milan or ManU I would look to get one of these guys in trade.
And Manchester United... does this pave the way for Tevez to join permanently? Will this further cement Rooney's place on the wing? Or does the money prise Ribery from Bayern? Or - just because I love him - Gourcuff from Bordeaux? Or a holding player like Toulalan or ex of Madrid, Mahamadou Diarra?
There are so many ways these stories can go. We talk about dominos falling in the transfer market. With Madrid making these two signings and in the process shaking up three of the world's biggest clubs... and with Ancelotti going from Milan to Chelsea, dragging another big name into the cauldron... well, it's going to be a REALLY fun summer.
The king is dead, long live the king.
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