Real Madrid would sell Ronaldo for €200 million

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By Alberto Pinero

Real Madrid would be willing to sell Cristiano Ronaldo for a €200 million fee if they cannot resolve his current situation at the club, can confirm.

The Portuguese superstar refused to celebrate his two goals during the 3-0 win over Granada on September 2, and claimed in the wake of the match that he was unhappy.

The former Manchester United man is one of 17 players returning to training on Wednesday after international duty and there has been a wave of speculation regarding his future at the club.

However, Los Blancos are determined to tackle the crisis and will hold talks between the player, coach Jose Mourinho and president Florentino Perez.

Although Ronaldo himself was quick to deny that a desire for a pay rise was the reason for his current state of melancholy, rumours have persisted that the Portuguese is eyeing an improved contract.

The Real Madrid No.7 earns nearly €10m annually on his current contract, a significantly lower sum than players such as Samuel Eto’o (€20m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€14.5m).

Spain’s tax laws have undergone a recent change, and Madrid would now have to pay a 52 per cent tax on the player’s wages compared to the current 24%. This means that if they offer Ronaldo a contract in the region of €15m annually, they will be forced to pay over €23m each year after tax.

Perez has voiced his confidence that the winger will not leave the Bernabeu, but ABC news reports that two mystery clubs, believed to be Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala, would be prepared to offer him a €20m annual salary.

The capital club paid an unprecedented €100m fee for his services in 2009, and he could be set for another world-record transfer if the talks prove to be fruitless.

Aguero insists Manchester City can compete with Europe's finest ahead of Real Madrid clash

Sergio Aguero insists Manchester City are now good enough to beat Real Madrid as the two sides gear up for a Champions League clash at Santiago Bernabeu, next Tuesday evening.

The Premier League champions are embarking on only their second Champions League campaign, and were knocked out of last season’s competition at the group stage, along with bitter rivals Manchester United.

However, the Argentine striker – who used to play for Los Blancos’ fiercest rivals, Atletico Madrid, believes his side are now good enough to challenge the likes of Madrid and Barcelona for European glory. 

“I was never on the winning side against them so let’s hope with City we can beat them,” he told the Daily Express.

“It will be difficult. Right now Real and Barca are among the best teams in the world, but we have a great team too.”

Aguero will be hoping to play a part in the clash, having been out since mid-August with a knee injury which caused him to miss Argentina’s two recent world cup qualifiers.

Galliani: Barcelona & Real Madrid from another planet

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani feels it is impossible for the Rossoneri to compete with clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The 68-year-old believes the Serie A giants have what it takes to take on any other Italian team, but fears the big guns from Spain are out of their reach at this point.

“Milan can compete with any Italian team in my opinion, but things are different in Europe. Teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid are from another planet,” Galliani was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

The Milan director then went on to discuss the fitness of Alexandre Pato, and revealed that the Brazil international is set to resume match action.

“Pato? He is recovering very well. I expect him to make his comeback pretty soon.”

Milan resume match action on Saturday when they take on Atalanta.

Messi 100 times better than Cristiano Ronaldo, says Amato

River Plate assistant coach Gabi Amato has taken the time to praise Lionel Messi and believes the Barcelona star is on another level than anyone else, including Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Amato, who wore the jerseys of clubs such as Betis and Mallorca during his playing career, feels Ronaldo and Brazilian forward Neymar are great players as well, but insists they are nowhere near the 25-year-old.
“Messi is 100 times better. Cristiano is a great player, but I think that as Maradona said here in Argentina, Messi is different,” Amato stated to Marca.

“As Diego also said, Neymar or Cristiano can be the best players in the world, because Messi is out of this world.

“He’s an incredible player. He doesn’t touch the ball for a few minutes, then he suddenly takes two steps and scores two goals. They’re different, but Lionel’s far better.”

Messi’s netted four goals in three Liga games this term, as well as scoring twice in the Spanish Supercopa.

Cristiano Ronaldo is under a lot of pressure, says Laporta

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has defended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of his claims that he is unhappy at the Liga champions.

The Portugal international has been accused of trying to get himself a new and improved deal by publicly declaring his unhappiness at Madrid, but Laporta feels that the attacker is under a lot of pressure and will not have realised the impact of his revelation.

“Everyone is going over the top on him. We must understand he’s under a lot of pressure and is human, because we all are affected by everything around us,” Laporta was quoted as saying by AS.

“He said something without realising the impact it would make. That’s happened to me as well in the past. The important thing is that he said it because that’s how he feels.

“Cristiano is a great professional. It’s not easy to speak up and say how you feel when you’re clearly under a lot of pressure. It’s up to Madrid to make him happy again in the best way possible.”

The 27-year-old is under contract with Madrid until June 2015.