Maybe it was the first time he saw his superstar wearing glasses normally suited for a retired businessman in Florida (right), but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s interest in selling Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently a thing now.
Several reports out of Spain say Perez is acutely aware of Ronaldo’s value, and that he may be ready to cash in his chips with the player having turned 30 earlier this month. The quote from a source says the club’s 4-0 loss in the Madrid derby “opened his eyes” to reality.
That said, it was only weeks ago that the transfer gossip mill was buzzing with Lionel Messi’s displeasure at playing under Luis Enrique and potential move to Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea. Now Barca is a point back of first in La Liga.
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The reports, of course, also indicate that it would take a major offer to pry Ronaldo from their hands, but with the rapidly-escalating high-end of the transfer market, it’s not unreasonable to think Madrid could bring back the $123 million they spent to bring him to the Bernabeu from Manchester United.
Since Ronaldo left United in 2009, several players have been sold for fees close of $100 million (Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez each sold for between $91-98 million). Gareth Bale’s move to Madrid actually surpassed Ronaldo’s fee (though students of La Liga will note that Madrid actually takes pride in breaking transfer records to bring Galacticos to its side).
And perhaps it won’t be all about money. As Yahoo’s Alex Baker points out, Real’s perceived interest in Red Devils’ superstar keeper David De Gea could make the Old Trafford return work for both clubs (although, if you’re asking me, De Gea is a pretty massive sacrifice).
Assuming Real isn’t hit with a transfer ban, rumors of Ronaldo’s sale will pick up steam all summer long, regardless of whether his clubs win La Liga and/or the UEFA Champions League (Real plays Schalke on Weds). And my instinct is that Ronaldo realistically could begin — and in Real’s logic should begin — the 2015/16 season with a new club.