Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the most expensive footballer in the world, that title has been transferred to Gareth Bale since his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. However, in terms of valuation, Bale is quite a distance off what Real president Florentino Perez values Ronaldo at.
It is being reported today by Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that the Bernabeu club’s price-tag for their most prized asset is €1 billion (£725m).
This is what Perez had to say on the matter in an interview with the Spanish radio station via espnfc.com:
“Here in Spain everybody has it easy because, unlike in England, a release clause exists. If you want to sign a player you pay his buyout clause and get him.
“In the case of Cristiano it’s €1,000m [£725m]. If they don’t pay that, they don’t want him. Whenever I’ve wanted a player, I’ve gone for him paying the release clause.”
This outlandish price is as ridiculous as it is unattainable for the Spanish club but the value of Ronaldo, not only as a footballer, but as a marketing tool obviously heavily influences the player’s buyout clause.
Ronaldo is currently the world’s best player, which also ratchets up the price, although the outrageous clause is most likely a way of warding off even the slightest inkling of interest from the likes of PSG, who offered €150 million in the summer window for Ronaldo, according to El Mundo Deportivo.
Ronaldo’s incredible 2014/15 season may also attribute to a ten-figure sum being needed for his services. In 35 La Liga games last term the 30-year-old scored a sensational 48 goals. He amassed a further ten in the Champions League while three more in two separate cup competitions brought his total for the season to an astonishing 61 goals in just 54 games.
For a player not even considered to be an out-and-out striker but more of an offensive midfielder, these statistics are simply incredible.
This high level of performance is matched with consistency too. The ex-Manchester United man has now netted more goals for Real Madrid than games played since joining in 2009.
At 30, now is the time for Ronaldo to move to another world-beating club in Europe, if he wishes to, because no matter how fit he may feel, his ageing body cannot keep up the intensity he has shown throughout his career for much longer.
Although Perez of course has his reasons for keeping Ronaldo in the Spanish capital, the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder must decide where he wishes to finish his playing days sooner rather than later.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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