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Would you exchange Robinho for C. Ronaldo?


Many rumours regarding Cristiano Ronaldo‘s transfer to Real Madrid appeared last weeks. Some say that the price would be 90 million €, some say that the deal would involve Ramos, Diarra, Robinho and 50 million €, even C. Ronaldo has put his future under shadow.

Robinho is a very interresting player, he is only 24 and I remember that in 2005 when he arrived, I was excited about his arrival, I’ve seen him play at Santos and I was amazed by his skills and technique. The transfer was pretty doubtful, because Santos didn’t wanted to let him go, only for 30 million € or so, wich was his release clause. Robinho was crazy about the transfer, he refuzed to train with Santos, was anxious to sign for Madrid. If I’m correct, the transfer was done in the last day of the summer transfer window.
He seemed to be the exactly what Madrid needs in order to win trophees again. His debut against Cadiz was incredible, he came in as a substitute and was involved in most of Madrid’s attacks. We won 2-1. Several other important matches came and his influence in the game was huge, he has the technique, skills and vision to decide a match all by himself.

It’s pretty obvious that Real Madrid are keen to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu. The latest rumours about this transfer is an exchange between Ronaldo and Robinho. It seems that Manchester United are interrested in Robinho, Real Madrid are interrested in Ronaldo. Ronaldo wants to play for Real Madrid (as he says), Robinho wouldn’t mind to play for another team (altough he says his desire is to stay in Madrid).

So what’s going on? Is Real Madrid willing to let Robinho go, in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo? Would this transfer be good for Real Madrid? Technically, Robinho and Ronaldo are pretty much the same, they both have skills. Ronaldo is faster than Robinho, but Robinho is a better team-player. Robinho is now familiar with spanish footbal, Ronaldo isn’t. This could be important, as Ricardo Quaresma, another great portuguese player (with great technique and skills) played for Barcelona, but didn’t manage to impress.

If this rumour is true, I hope that Real Madrid won’t agree. Robinho is young, has made his impact on Madrid’s game and has great potential for the future.

What do you think?


Schuster: Robinho stays


In an interview for spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid chief Bernd Schuster stated that Robinho will not leave the club this summer, despite interest from several english and italian clubs. It is well known that Chelsea are willing to pay 35 million€ to land the Brazilian forward to Stamford Bridge. Altough Robinho has lost his form and place in starting 11 in latest games, Schuster states that Robinho is happy in Madrid and both club and player want the collaboration to continue.

Robinho suffered a stomach injury several months ago, before the Champions League match against Roma, and since then it appears that he is out of form. He was also involved in a scandal with prostitutes among other brazilian players, scandal that affected his relationship with the club even worse.

Schuster spoke about Arsenal’s Hleb, stating that Real Madrid is interested in the player, and Cristiano Ronaldo, wich “would be welcome and would find his place in Madrid team“.

C. Ronaldo = 50 million€ + Robinho + S. Ramos + Diarra


According to Marca, Manchester United are demanding 50 million€ plus three players from Real Madrid in order to release Cristiano Ronaldo. Those 3 players are Robinho, Diarra and Sergio Ramos.

Those 3 players are evaluated at 100 million€, IMHO: Diarra 25 million€, Robinho 35 million€, Sergio Ramos 40 million€. So the overall value of Cristiano Ronaldo would be 150 million€. This must be a joke.

I really hope Calderon and Mijatovic are not crazy to let Sergio Ramos or Diarra go. Robinho is a very talented player, but his life outside field is pretty restless. He must focus on his family and career. I guess I would agree Robinho + some money in exchange with C. Ronaldo.

There are rumours that Real Madrid will aproach the owners of Manchester United, the Glazer family, in order to convince them to sell Cristiano Ronaldo. I really hope this won’t happen, it wouldn’t be pro from Real Madrid board.

News about C. Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid


This is starting to go crazy. After Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League, he stated that he wants to stay at Manchester United. Now, he says that he’s dream is to play for Real Madrid. What should you believe? I am starting to believe more and more about this transfer, specially because of the moves Real Madrid made these days: Real Madrid will sign a deal with an insurance company to protect themselves against the fluctuations between euro and english pound. Considering a big amount of money involved in the transfer, Real Madrid will be able to save a “few” million euros from this deal.

There are reports that the car Cristiano Ronaldo should drive if he plays for Madrid, an Audi, wich is Real Madrid’s official car, is already prepared, with his name on it.

Another speculation is that Robinho will be involved in the transfer. He stated that there is interrest from Chelsea, but the interrest that Manchester United has on Robinho is well known.

When this whole story started, I was rather sceptic, now I am confident that he will sign for Real Madrid this summer. I think that Robinho + $$$ will be the deal.

Oh, I’m so curious about how this ends up 🙂

90 000 000€ for Cristiano Ronaldo?


Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, probably the best in the world right now. He is also very young, 23 years old, has awesome technique, speed, pace, is excellent in air and his free kicks are amazing. Among these, he scores many goals. And he’s not even a striker!

Real Madrid announced a budget for transfers of 100 000 000€ for the next season. They already spent 10 million on Garay (21 years old), so there are rumors that the remaining 90 million will be used to buy Ronaldo away from Manchester United. To be honest, I don’t think this will happen, and I think that so many money shouldn’t be spent on a single player. The spanish media are writing from a couple of months about this transfer, even took an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, they took a picture with her and the Real Madrid shirt. I really don’t like this campaign from the spanish newspapers, they intoxicate the readers with such articles and indirectly they put pressure on the Real Madrid board. Of course that every Real Madrid supporter wants C. Ronaldo in the team, but so much money is crazy. We spent 75 million in 2001 for Zidane, but Zidane is Zidane, he didn’t had Ronaldo’s speed or trickery, but was more elegant, had better vision. When Zidane was in form, we just couldn’t lose. He was the kind of player that could win a game all by itself, against any team.

I think that those 90 million should be spent on other players, I think we could buy 3-4 great players with that money, someone like Alex Hleb, wich has a technique very similar to Zidane’s, Diego – great vision and awesome when he plays with Robihno, Huntelaar – a natural goal scorer, he will be the next Nistelrooij, or Quaresma.

I’m really anxious to see what happens this summer, altough Mijatovic stated that we’ll have a “quiet summer“, I don’t think so.

Real Madrid transfers 2008-2009 – part I


Now that the season is over, it’s time to look forward to the future, see what Real Madrid can improve in prospect about next season. It’s clearly that the biggest frustration this season was the early exit from the Champions League, when we were eliminated by Roma. This is the fourth consecutive season that Real Madrid can’t pass the first knock-out round. This is such a shame, because we have great players, great technical staff, great supporters. Because we don’t want this to happen next year, we hope that the staff will make the right choices about transfers. And I’m not talking only about who needs to come, but who needs to stay.

Casillas is one of the best 5 keepers in the world, nobody can question this. But Real Madrid needs to have a good backup keeper.
Dudek is a great keeper, but he’s 35 years old and I think he will retire in a year or two. I’m not sure if he he will stay next season with us, because he was given just a few chances by Schuster.
Codina, 27 has played just one game in Real Madrid shirt this year, in the final game against Levante. Altough he conceded 2 goals, he’s keeping was awesome. Again, he was given little time to prove himself. I guess between him and Dudek, I’d have to choose Codina, he’s much more younger, and I think Dudek should be given the oportunity to play for the rest of his carreer.

Sergio Ramos should defenetly stay, he’s the best left-side defender in the world. Hi’s pace and technique are awesome, and he gives everything when he’s on field. He’s like a warrior, has quality to be the next leader of Real Madrid. Milan and Chelsea are constantly making offers for him, I just hope the board of directors are aware of the disaster that could happen if Ramos would leave.
Michel Salgado will play at least one more season for Real Madrid, after that, I hope he retires. He was a great player, very devoted to the colours of the club, gave everytime everything.
I have to admit, if we didn’t had Miguel Torres, we would be in a incomfortable situation on the left side of the defense. Miguel Torres can play on the right as well as on the left, so this is very good. There were times when 2 of our 3 left-backs were unavailable, so he was realy handy. Many say that Salgado and Torres don’t rise themselves to Ramos’ level (I agree with that), and that RM should buy a world class backup for Ramos, someone like Dani Alves (I don’t agree). You can’t really expect that Alves could stay a whole season on the bench. He’s a great player, he doesn’t deserve such a treatment. I’m sorry Cicinho left us for Roma, but after reading some of his statements before our game with Roma, and seeing the brazilian manifesting itself in such a disrespectful way when Roma scored against us, I don’t feel any compassion for him. He never really cared about what Real Madrid means.

— End of part I —