Angel Di Maria was one of the best players on the world’s top team last year, so Real Madrid president Florentino Perez completely understands why everyone from Cristiano Ronaldo to the club’s fans are upset that the playmaking magician has skipped town for Manchester United.
But if you follow Perez’s logic, the club has no choice. Real has faced the dilemma of selling its best players in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
He doesn’t argue that Di Maria is fantastic and ‘deserved’ the money he’ll get paid by Manchester United. The club just couldn’t match the money, and so brought in reinforcements like World Cup Golden Boot-winner James Rodriguez.
And it seems Perez has responded to Ronaldo’s public displeasure by basically saying, “If CR7 was cool with being our second-highest player, maybe ADM would’ve stayed.”
Frankly, ADM and CR7 seem to pretty much be the best friends in the world, as the former said he only stayed at Real because of the latter, while the latter is now talking about a Manchester United return.
“A player that is under contract and leaves is because he wants to. Real has always respected contracts. Di Maria had financial requests that I considered legitimate but we couldn’t satisfy them. I reiterate that we made him the best possible offer.
“With the exception of Cristiano (Ronaldo), Di Maria would have been the highest paid at Real Madrid. Had we accepted his financial demands it would have created an unbalanced treatment that would have put the club’s stability in danger.”
In other words: Ronaldo’s the best player on our team and maybe the world. We aren’t rocking that apple cart, nor are we going to set our locker room up to reap rewards whenever they ‘out-perform’ our marquee man.