Comments for en-gb 30 Sat 29 Nov 2014 01:44:06 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at david_binola i think the real quality in this blog is where you end up once you click on the 'original ronaldo' link above. now there's a player, and WHAT english. maybe this could inspire red galactico whatshisface to direct xenophobic comments at someone other than signori.ronaldo will be sorely missed yaddayaddayadda. i do however agree that beckham had more global profit potential than kaka and ronaldo put together. madrid has a habit of homogenising world class footballers, although fortunately its exactly the egotistical moneyswimmin' shin-clutchin' dummyspittin-though-im-really-an-alpha-male-just-look-at-my-car' types like ronaldo who waste themselves there anyway.pfft. Wed 17 Jun 2009 03:35:46 GMT+1 PostmodernPippo A team is always more than one individual player, Barcelona went two seasons without winning anything despite having Messi, and Milan couldn't even quality for Europe for last season even with Kaká. Ronaldo's a great player but I hope he shows better appreciation for the fans at Real Madrid than he ever seems to have felt necessary for those at United. Wed 17 Jun 2009 03:12:21 GMT+1 pmjf1977 As a Man Utd (note use of caps to denote importance) fan I wish ronaldo (no caps here) good luck in madrid (or here) he has brought his footballing gift to the epl and shared it with the world on the greatest stage available. As with all things in life once you have done it all at the highest level you earn the right to do things as you see fit. Take a business man who has enjoyed years of wealth, retires early or takes a step back in order to enjoy his family time more as a comparitor.To those who cast a view back at the loss of Beckham, RvN, or Cantona we had little to fear from the return of these players at Old Trafford. Beckham and RvN had reached full potential whilst at OT and in terms of producing week in week out SAF rightly felt others were available to fill these boots at OT In Cantona we lost something special but knew he would not come back in years to come and torment us with in the wrong colours.ronaldo has yet to reach his footballing peak, the question is will he develop any further at madrid. I think so. It is where his heart has been for at least 2 seasons, and, as is likely since a child. How many of you would over achieve at your chosen club if the chance were given?I agree with other posters who think we will now see more from Rooney, this is good for england as well as Man Utd. In terms of replacements, or alternatives then much depends on the strategy that SAF has in mind for the next few years and how much of the £80m is available. Through rose tinted specs it would be ideal to not only have the full transfer made available but to have it as an addition to any existing fund the glazers may have ear marked. With this kind of finacial muscle I think Man Utd could test the resolve of two of our domestic rivals and try to prize two start assets away in the shape of torres and fabregas.I hope for nani's OT future he feels a new sense of freedom to play now he is no longer in the shadow of ronaldo. He has the same potential ronaldo had when he arrived but has not developed at the same rate.Again good luck to ronaldo enjoy the football in spain. Reach your full potential and learn to enjoy football for the beautiful game it is. Play with pride, passion and commitment to your team, your team mates and your fans and for generations to come you will be mentioned in such exhaulted company as Maradona, Pele, Best, Giggs and Ronaldo viva Ronaldo (ok the caps may be warrented afterall)As a personal plee, when you come back to play against us at OT have an "off day" and we will sing your name from the stands. Play well and it will be abuse all the way.Fickle? me? never! Tue 16 Jun 2009 17:27:16 GMT+1 poshPompeyblue RONALDO GOING IS LIKE THE OLD SAYING THE KING IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE KING,THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER BRILLIANT PLAYERS OUT THERE HE CAN BE REPLACED. Tue 16 Jun 2009 11:42:27 GMT+1 jer1956 #135"FIFA and Blatter aren't unhappy about the mega spending. Real, MU, Chelsea will pursue new markets in India and Asia and it will be a way for football to spread into these areas and FIFA and its exceutives can ride on the back of the spending and feel the glory and power."It would be a great pity though if the Game of the People endied up like F1. Fans should support their own clubs and their own country. In F1 fans in poorer countries support teams based in more affluent ones. Even worse, they support individual drivers whichever team they drive for. The Cult which is Beckham is already a fore taste of this. My sister buys her kids Beckham shirts and they no longer have any loyalty to a Club. Tue 16 Jun 2009 09:13:15 GMT+1 Sweet_Silver_Song Brilliant. United supporters, the same United whose manager said the better team lost after getting battered at home, are calling Liverpool supporters poor losers. Whatever next? Mon 15 Jun 2009 19:29:16 GMT+1 Itsallaboutwinning Pragmatic? I think that will only be judged when (and if) United buy quality playersto replace Ronaldo and now it seems Tevez. Tell me what other club sell their best players before their sell by date - I know Ronaldo wanted to go but he was locked into a contract wasn't he? Next March, when United are fifth in the League and looking at missing out on Champions League football maybe we will look back and think that they were not so pragmatic.I agree entirely with the comments about Platini - he should be asked to resign for showing obvious bias against English clubs - a person in his position should stop making comments about clubs from any country - he is there to support football NOT make snide remarks. Mon 15 Jun 2009 18:58:59 GMT+1 Joker1980 I've read a lot about this transfer, but one of the most important things isn't mentioned. IMO, the main reason why players like Ronaldo end up in Southern Europe is because the life outside of football is a lot better there. Sure Madrid are a special club and for young boys, especially from that region of the world, it's a dream to play for them. However it's about more than football that makes players go there. Let's be honest, even though the most beautiful football club in the world is from Manchester, the city itself and England as a whole can't compare to Southern Europe unfortunately.Let's all thank Ronaldo for his achievements at Man. United and move on. I feel that if we can bring in Ribery, he'll be soon regarded as a new legend at OT. Mon 15 Jun 2009 14:34:22 GMT+1 signori ozman01You're quite the english teacher!posting about Paris Hilton and people counting money!absolute brilliant input!? Mon 15 Jun 2009 13:42:24 GMT+1 socceroo Wall St can burst its bubble and send us broke but it seems there is no end to the Real bubble. Is there an endless supply of money Real has tapped into? Are they and other megaspending clubs and their supporters living in a fools paradise?FIFA and Blatter aren't unhappy about the mega spending. Real, MU, Chelsea will pursue new markets in India and Asia and it will be a way for football to spread into these areas and FIFA and its exceutives can ride on the back of the spending and feel the glory and power. Mon 15 Jun 2009 13:16:02 GMT+1 jer1956 #128"The real winners are La Liga who will have the honour and privilege to have such players playing in their division and enabling two matches that will showcase football talent at its very best."It's the last two years which have been the anolomy. When has the Premier League ever had two of the best players in the World as defined by FIFA's World Player of the Year? Yet the Premier League has been the most profitable in terms of world sales for years. Those buying it wern't doing do so watch Galitico's. You could say it is the success of the Premier League which brought Ronaldo and Torres to it, not that the other way around. Mon 15 Jun 2009 13:13:14 GMT+1 Ozman Signori, learn to speak English before posting. Ronaldo will disappear into the black hole of his own ego(quite possibly Paris Hilton?) whilst Sir Alex quietly counts the 80 million.... Mon 15 Jun 2009 13:06:24 GMT+1 signori Hmmmm shortsighted people indeed.1. La Liga boasts a large group of teams able to challenge and beat many of the EPL teams2. Ronaldo's sale was going to happen no matter what, its all about the glamour of real madrid and yes they are a great club they fall short in europe time after time. Buying Kaka and ronaldo buys no one success. It certainly helps but that defence in europe isnt good enough, they managed 10 clean sheets in a row in La Liga but couldnt handle liverpool away from home.3. Shirt sales as mentioned before will cover the transfer fees for both players madrid have signed and more. This isnt just a football deal here at all.4.Messi has all the attributes to be as good as Ronaldo in my opinion he is already.5.Replacing Ronaldo is impossible the 2 players Kaka and Messi are not going to Man u for obsvious reasons and in my opinion the only players that can replace him.6. 1st or 2nd is guaranteed for Real next season however the proof of these buys will be in the champions league if they can get to a final or win it then they will hage proved a point until they do that nothing is proven,7.Scoring in spain is not easier and whoever said that is deluded its how a player adapts to a league and how the team play. Mon 15 Jun 2009 12:13:56 GMT+1 Mutt This post has been Removed Mon 15 Jun 2009 08:09:30 GMT+1 Gods_an_Owl Real Madrid can spend all the money thet like attracting all the best players in the world and yet La Liga will still not be anywhere near as popular as the Premier League.....why?1. It's just the warm weather version of the Scottish Premier, a 2 horse race and a bunch of also rans a LONG way behind!2. Premiership football is faster, more attack orientated (outside of the top 2) and is marketed by the biggest TV corporation in Europe if not the world (Sky).3. The average foreign armchair fan outside of Europe is attracted by the fact that they are watching footbal being played in the country that INVENTED THE GAME!As for 'No-one, but NO-one, not a single individual, should have any right to splash the kind of money that Perez is exkreting while there is a single hungry soul left in Africa or anywhere else', as far as I know, these countries have thier own governments, who, like ours, are charged with looking after it's population. Why should we be constantly reminded that basically an entire continent is full of countries whose people expect to live on handouts from us? I'm sick of listening to bleeding heart liberals telling us how we should pay to feed people on another continent! Sun 14 Jun 2009 20:58:45 GMT+1 McMahonIsGod I personally find this situation a little baffling. Stepping out of my support position, I think on a personal gain level (for Ronaldo) this is a very risky move, as his main problem's preventing him from reaching the heights he should is his professional attitude, a situation which would have continued to improve at Utd, but at Madrid runs the risk of holding him back.Then there is the intriguing structure of the deal, I guess only time will tell on that one, Man Utd aren't stupid so i'm sure they have held tight on that one for their benefit, although I am personally unsure who they will find as a suitable replacement, although some of the names floating around in the rumours are potentially suitable.I think that the situation for Real is a little unbalanced, as it's all very well buying all the greatest players, but have proved before it doesn't guarantee a thing, but again time will tell.One thing is for sure though, Ronaldo got what he wanted, I feel it's beneficial to Utd as he's shown exactly where his heart lays, so is better off out, they have a nice sum with which to strengthen themselves, and Madrid? Well, I still feel they'll be hard pushed to displace Barcelona in La Liga! Sun 14 Jun 2009 20:31:40 GMT+1 ravitanand Dear Mr Bose, I have applied to study Sports Journalism at University this September and having viewed your article on the transfer saga of Ronaldo along with other articles of the same topic, i have produced my own analysis that i hope you have the time to look at and consider. If you agree or disagree with my thoughts than please provide me with feedback at [Personal details removed by Moderator], many thanks, ravit anandTransfer Fee MathematicsFootball has and always will be simple mathematics. The team who wins the league will have the most points on the board or will have a superior goal difference, or in the case with the Spanish La Liga; a superior head to head. Regardless of the scenario it will be simple mathematics that there are 11 players on a pitch and those eleven players will aim to win for three points or salvage a draw for a single. Mathematically a single player cannot beat an eleven man team on his own, it is virtually impossible, however great a player may be, he still requires the support of his team mates. But what happens to the team when the star player leaves, is the team no longer a team? It is simple mathematics that team minus star player equals no team? Ask Manchester United fans and AC Milan fans and they will protest that despite losing their pivotal and influential player, life does go on. Much has been said how transfer fee records have been broken first by Kaka and then by Ronaldo, the culprit in question is of course Real Madrid and how it has erupted the notion of transfer caps for star players during what we thought was a global recession; apparently not according to Florentino Perez. Much has also been said also how the Premier League has lost one of its key and commercial players, and the same can be said for Italys Serie A with both counterparts losing out to the capital of the reigning European Champions. £60 + for Kaka and £80 + for Ronaldo seems like very good business for the English and Italian clubs. But who are the real winners in this epic financial transfer saga. Madrid have of course spent over £140 million on two of the worlds best players and this money will, there is no doubt about this, be recouped in shirt sales. David Beckhams £25 million transfer fee was apparently recouped within a week through sponsorship sales. Dare I say Ronaldo and Kaka have more about them to suggest they could go one better and recoup shirt sales within a single day? Whilst Real Madrid have taken on two new recruits which will surely revolutionise the Galatico era, there are still many forms of protests ongoing. Manchester United and AC Milan fans will feel aggrieved how their star players have been snatched away for prices that, Michael Platini protests, are excessive. Now pundits are protesting how the Premier League, having lost a key attraction such as Ronaldo, are losing their financial muscle and global reputation over their Spanish counterparts. Although an avid Liverpool fan, the transfer of Ronaldo does not affect Liverpool as I am viewing this transfer fest as a neutral and this is the view everyone should attempt to take. Look at the bigger picture here; the global football picture. Apart from fans protests, pundit suggestions and a claim from FIFA, what has really occurred. Ronaldo and Kaka have moved to Real Madrid and will be joining who? Former United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Madrid legend Raul, last seasons best player for Madrid Robben, up and coming Higuain, Dutch play makers Schneider and Van der Vaart, former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Diarra. I say this for one reason in particular, next season could be two of the greatest matches at the greatest sporting arenas, the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou. El Classico could take itself onto a whole new level from one that has possibly taken a back seat due to the evolving and domination of Barcelona in recent years. For one second think as a neutral. Do not consider Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, consider the individual talent that will be on show. Imagine Christiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Van Nistelrooy, Gonzeles Raul, Arjen Robben, Lassana Diarra, Wesley Schneider and Rafael Van der Vaart vs. Thierry Henry, Samuel Etoo, Lionel Messi, Xavi Fernandez, Iniesta, Yaya Toure, Eric Abidal and Daniel Alves. Granted not all could play at the same time, regardless this could yet be the most explosive El Classico one will witness in recent history. This match alone will bring together THE best players in the world on one grand stage. Arguably, and mathematically, La Liga win. Kaka + Ronaldo = best players in the world in one league. Manchester United - Ronaldo = £80 million transfer funds. AC Milan - Kaka = £60 million transfer funds. (English Premier League - Ronaldo) + (Italy Serie A - Kaka) = Spanish La Ligas gain. From a neutrals point of view La Liga are the true winners of this transfer saga. Not Real Madrid acquiring two of the best players in the world, not Manchester United for cashing in at £80 million and nor Milan cashing in at £60 million. The real winners are La Liga who will have the honour and privilege to have such players playing in their division and enabling two matches that will showcase football talent at its very best. Sun 14 Jun 2009 18:37:07 GMT+1 MMZ-PPZ CR7 did not realize he's in a best club in the world - MU.Well - if this move was his childhood dream - then good luck. Obviously MU will miss CR7 but never underestimate sir Alex. I am sure he'll use $130 mills wisely and MU will be even better coming year.I hope Ronaldo will sell enough jersey's at Real to justify this astronomical fee. Sun 14 Jun 2009 18:10:30 GMT+1 bigbadbobbolton Here we have Cristiano Ronaldo, a very talented player but without the work ethic of say a young David Beckham or Ryan Giggs. Ronaldo's ego boosted by being rightly voted the best player in the world now rides the crest of the wave; held aloft by the adulation of millions. But adulation only lasts as long as the talent remains or more correctly the availability of the stage to display that talent. Ronaldo will now move into a team where his talents are not as unique, in a league that is not yet dominated by the club that he now plays for. I doubt whether defenders in La Liga will allow him to play with the freedom he was afforded in the English game, because let's be honest English referees do afford talented players a degree of protection, maybe not as much as they should be allowed granted but some protection nevertheless. When the frustrations begin and the performances suffer, when the adulation wanes and worship becomes scorn I think Cristiano Ronaldo will long for the days spent in the Premier League? Sun 14 Jun 2009 05:14:01 GMT+1 Virtuet Mihir how can Raul be described as a Galatico. He comes from Madrid he joined Real Madrid after Athletico said he was too small. I thought a Galatico was someone like Ronaldo who they had to pay a lot of money for. Sat 13 Jun 2009 22:07:36 GMT+1 kingstonmike First of all, Ronaldo will not have the same overall commercial appeal as Beckham had. Beckham has always comported himself in a professional manner while Ronaldo carries on with his petulant childish behaviour. It has become a very tired act. While his talent is undeniable, his selfishness detracts from his overall worth to his team. Take note of his tremendous impact on his national team's performances. They are a talented team as well but he is as invisible there as he will be with Real. They will miss the World Cup just as Real will continue be a notch below the top clubs in Europe. He will find that SAF had made his career with shrewd management and had put him in the position to be successful. With the many egos being bought by Real, they will need more than one ball on the pitch to satisfy them all. Good riddance and thanks for the economic booster package. Sat 13 Jun 2009 16:37:45 GMT+1 TENNEWUNSANDAFRESHUN I have just read that the 80m for the boy wonder will be paid in 20m instalements.I am neither a UTD nor any of the clubs mentioned supporter,but this transfer madness must be worrying a lot more people than me.So unless I dont get this, does that means if United replace him with say the 2 touted players-Etoo and Valencia they are actually further in debt not profit!No wonder Newcastle United and Leeds ended up in the mess they are.Despite how they try to convince us, it seems clear that rational and logical business people become blithering idiots losing all logic and reason simply to say mines bigger than yours when they get involved with football clubs.I am convinced that Utd could not have stopped the lure of the latin lifestyle again for Ronaldo and 80m is a great deal if you get it now.Today.Without further ado and no messing.But this looks pathetic and obviously the purchasing club cant actually afford it so why would the policing of these transfers allow it to happen?I suppose United could say that Madrid are good for it!Perhaps its insured?Wonder who they bank with?Perhaps its a bank not in any current trouble at all - a Swiss institution perhaps with a AAA rating-are there any left?Somehow I doubt it and this whole nonesense should be looked at by the governements of the countries involved.Its simply ridiculous that the economies of Europe are in the state they are and Football continues to be allowed to work this way with these type of amounts.I know its been quite a common practise over the last 5 even 10 years but the numbers now are more than some major company profits in 2008-9I love our game dearly but this will end in tears and it will not be long before even the big boys are going to the administrators.Liverpool beware! Sat 13 Jun 2009 15:55:54 GMT+1 Colm Shanahan I wonder how many goals Ronaldo will score this season?It is a lot easier to score in Spain than England, and if you want proof, ask Diego Forlan, two times Pichichi in the four years after leaving United. Sat 13 Jun 2009 14:29:29 GMT+1 Hatfield_Rover #4Platini has already criticised the amount of money Real are spending (on both Kaka and Ronaldo). See below for an extract; Real can afford Kaka, Ronaldo, Villa (talks reportedly in an advanced stage) and god knows who else to come later I don't know. No other team without an owner bankrolling them can come anywhere close. Utd might spend around £50m in one season but Real must be spending at least three times that if they get Villa.Has to be a huge boost to the Spanish league though - unarguably the three best player in the world playing there now in Messi, Kaka, and Ronaldo, plus Xavi and Iniesta who I would say makes it the best five players. Sat 13 Jun 2009 13:23:29 GMT+1 smokeAndLasers I am very sorry to see Ronaldo go. It's not (just) about the man - he has pretty Euro looks and a fine physique, for sure. It's not (just) about the club - I'd be disappointed if Torres left for Real, and Man U have won stuff without Cristiano. It's (also) about the national game as a whole. Football is a form of entertainment, not a religion. The English Premier League is fortunate to have the likes of Torres, Ronaldo and Drogba playing here. Even when they're bad (petulance, diving, abusing refs etc) they are the pantomime baddies we love to boo at. They're the reason people cough of thousands of pounds for season tickets each year. Our game will be less without Ronaldo, his antics, his outrageous free kicks, his lightning speed, his step-overs (we call him "Riverdance" in our house) etc. Plus he was inspirational at times - he took his abuse after the Euro championships where he got Rooney sent off on the chin, and became a better player for it. I don't buy the "not a team player" accusation. When he's played in a 5-4-1, what else is he meant to do? Nope, sorry to see him go, and I wish him well. Sat 13 Jun 2009 12:22:19 GMT+1 twotonegrey BBC - Please moderate your bloggers. THREE blogs on one topic. Sat 13 Jun 2009 11:38:23 GMT+1 Edinburgher However Mr Bose looks at the cold accountancy of this deal. Its a disaster for man utd. Their number one player, most shirts sold, top scorer and statistically most successful/important player for them in last two years has left.80mill is a substantial amount of money for sure but even if the Glazers allow Mr Ferguson to spend it all he cant buy Messi or Torres. So he can improve the best squad in the premiership for sure...but he has a weakened first eleven. Sat 13 Jun 2009 11:34:31 GMT+1 goonergetit It's the easy option for the stars, 50% chance of success, Rangers, Celtic, Barca, Real, nice weather, the Premiership is where it's at, is where the best test is, undoubtedly. The money has dried up at Old Trafford but now Fergie has 40 big one's to spend, next year he could sell Rooney for 120, the Glazers have been lucky, if Fergie goes and Man Utd finish 5th that £750 million debt may force them into administration, the "Championship beckons" It's the same at Anfield.It's only Lady Luck that makes the difference. Sat 13 Jun 2009 11:16:39 GMT+1 jer1956 #111And how many games would we see? Once a joint TV deal dissappers then so will many of the minor clubs which make up the bulk of the match's the big clubs play. It could end up like a Harlem Globe Trotters tour with each big club having to pay to have a "pet" team of professionals to play against! Sat 13 Jun 2009 10:32:13 GMT+1 jer1956 #109One should never judge greatness by success alone. Everyone in sport is of "their time". Was Shumacker the Greatest Driver? How would he have faired driving cars which broke down regulalry and might kill you if you had an accident? Ferguson himself has Jock Stein as his idol. Many Man U fans would still put Sir Busby as theirs. Records are statistics and should be judge in that light. Sat 13 Jun 2009 10:28:03 GMT+1 internetpioneerscouk Not a United fan, but I'd hate to see that man's ego being fed if Chelsea or Liverpool beat them to the title.of course Real falling on their face in Spain and Europe would make it ok. Sat 13 Jun 2009 09:58:37 GMT+1 Red Yuli Cristiano Who? Ruud who? Gabrielle who?And some Bloke called Beckham.I do know though who are EPL Champions, none them are bigger than the Club. Sat 13 Jun 2009 09:34:47 GMT+1 jhfgdsaw #110 Kevin_on_EarthYou're not the Messiah, you're a very naughty boy Sat 13 Jun 2009 08:56:55 GMT+1 whackercarthy Real may be in the enviable position at the moment in that they control their own TV contracts. However, as broadcast TV is now obsolescent (e.g. cuts in salaries to the "stars" Wogan and Clarkson etc., at the Beeb and fall-off in ad revenues in the commercial TV)all clubs will soon have their own Internet/TV channels selling their product direct to the consumer WORLDWIDE and bi-passing BSKYB, etc. Therefore, clubs are about to increase their off stadium revenues many times over and clear current debts with this new increased revenue stream.The Glaziers, the Arabs and other foreign purchasers of EPL clubs know this and are queueing up to get in on the new opportunity. Sat 13 Jun 2009 08:32:38 GMT+1 Kennys_Heroes Disgusting.No-one, but NO-one, not a single individual, should have any right to splash the kind of money that Perez is exkreting while there is a single hungry soul left in Africa or anywhere else.This has been creeping up on us & as we get used to it the general attitude is continually "that's just the way it is"... It is. But it shouldn't be.I will not be paying a PENNY on football this coming season. Last season's budget is now earmarked for Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).(atheist). Sat 13 Jun 2009 00:11:04 GMT+1 RushFowlerTorres Does having Giggs, Scholes, the Nevilles, Beckham, and Butt laid at his disposal for years really make SAF such a great manager? Very fortunate but I don't think so really. Fri 12 Jun 2009 22:40:15 GMT+1 Leye CM81_MUFC: why do you think theo would leave arsenal for united? except of course united are willing to part with 50million of that 80million you potentially have from that as yet unfinished ronaldo transfer then you're dreaming :D Fri 12 Jun 2009 22:39:37 GMT+1 okanaganred Hasta la vista Ronaldo.... it's not like he has given years of service to the club like Scholes and Giggs, they are going to be harder to replace when the time comes.Over priced and over there GOOD RIDDANCE.We got the better of the deal. Fri 12 Jun 2009 20:22:05 GMT+1 jer1956 I'm still not sure this has cost Real Madrid anything. The beauty of the fan onwned club is that some very rich people can also be fans. A typical fan of a big Champions Leugue club might spend 10% of their disposable income on a season ticket and going to away match's in Europe. So why shouldn't a mega rich fan offer 10% of his disposable income to be elected Club President?Only Real Madrid can do this. Football crosses all social and economic barriers in Spain. How many millionares would be queing up to be President of Liverpool, or even Man U, in the UK? Not enough to cough up 150 million every two years! Fri 12 Jun 2009 19:19:15 GMT+1 eezy_squeezy Anyone who saw CR's display in the champion's league final against Real's arch rivals Barca (think petulant 13 year old who has just been told he can't have that new I-pod he wanted) can be in little doubt that this was nothing more than him showing off to the fans of his new club. In saying that, his performance on the night was amongst the better ones for United.To cut through all the debate on this one though:Ronnie, we loved you (on the whole). You were amazing for us and helped us win a lot of trophies. Now you've gone we are sad. However - we got a stack of cash to replace you and the team you've joined is being run by a showbiz man, not a football one. And you represent nothing to him but a shiny and lucrative new toy.We'll replace you a lot easier than you'll replace us... Fri 12 Jun 2009 17:38:49 GMT+1 whittle1 Messi, Kaka and Ronaldo all in La Liga. Obviously the English clubs have some serious competition. A Barcelona - Real Madrid final would not suprise me. Fri 12 Jun 2009 17:10:17 GMT+1 Mike Mullen 90. At 2:23pm on 12 Jun 2009, Sam_Red_Galactico wrote: In every way - better play, more goals, stunning performances, no reliance on 80m showponies or refereeing 'decisions'.-----------------------------------------------------Yes those two 4-4 draws were 'stunning', and what was the outcome? Knocked out of the CL and two points dropped that .ade Man U's job easier. As to refereeing decisions you do know Liverpool got the most penalties awarded to them and had the most opposition players sent off? But donm't worry I dion't expect mere facts to overcome your delusions.As to the actual topic of the blog I wonder just how the Real manager is going to cope with all these egos in his dressing room? Ronaldo has been a prima donna at Man U, how is going to behave now he's the most expensive player in the world, never mind all that other expensive talent? Fri 12 Jun 2009 16:41:43 GMT+1 Ironic66 How many new shirts will Manchester United sell on the back of this deal. Kids cant wear their Red Ronaldo shirts now! Fri 12 Jun 2009 16:40:25 GMT+1 goodfell4s again people are forgettng one vtal pont....manchester made ronaldo who he s...wthout them he was nothng...he would have carred on playn n that poxy lttle club lsbon...he dd get too bg for hs shoes and am happy he has left the englsh league as a me he wll be forgotten and never talked about agan...the meda can also make a person a star..and wth less englsh meda present n real he wll not be mentoned agan....also he was good but now he wll have to compete wth the lkes of kaka.... hope he can lve wth the fact that he wll be lvng n kakas shadow! Fri 12 Jun 2009 16:28:17 GMT+1 jer1956 I'm a Liverpool Fan and I still believe that Man U will win the title without Ronaldo. Everyone has quite right focussed on the Champions and how they won the title. I'm sure Ferguson has done the deeper analysis. Man U won the title becuse without Ronaldo and Rooney their second and third combination of players won games which Liverpool's could only draw. It was won becuase Berbatov and Tevez where better than Babel and Bederyoun. Ronaldo didn't perform in the Big Games, and that includes the European Cup final. Fri 12 Jun 2009 16:16:32 GMT+1 coffeeandnan The only reason he is famous is because he hangs around with Paris Hilton. Fri 12 Jun 2009 15:55:46 GMT+1 Rita Cocking Am I the only person who thinks that Ronaldo leaving United might actually be a blessing in disguise?Now that he is gone surely it will be easier for Wayne Rooney to play in the tradional centre forward postion where he thrives rather then being stuck out on the left which just does not work for him.What United reaaly need is a plyer who is capable of putting in passes for Rooney to run onto.What about bringing back Beckham?After all ,it seems to work for England.Well Capello seems to think so and that's good enough for me! Fri 12 Jun 2009 15:36:32 GMT+1 adampsb He is going because he knows that he is now THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE FOOTBALLER EVER and that suits his ego. While Platini may object to the fee publicly.. in private he will be rubbing his hands in glee.. how dare an English club have the World Player Of The Year. Why doesn't he play in france, italy or spain. Wlel, Mr platini now he will be and we will see whether he is up to the task in spain. However if we were to get injured for a long period this could turn out to be the worst bit of business Madrid have ever done Fri 12 Jun 2009 15:29:59 GMT+1 bannedgunner #17 We'll see come May. Just remind me, what did you win this season with all your world class talent?__________________They won nothing. Just the Pundit (mostly exp Pool players) told them they had a great finish. MAn United were the best. They won the PL reached the finals of CL. If one is to base the best team on how they finish, then Chelsea looked 10 times stronger than Pool. If any team beside Man U that can claim (by twisting the meaning of what is best) is Chelsea. They smacked Pool at Anfield, they smacked Arsenal at away from home, they gave Barca a big scare. But then Chelsea fans knows you can't be the best if you don't win. Fri 12 Jun 2009 14:59:10 GMT+1 bannedgunner How is Robben going to react ? His injury problems appear to be behind him. Sure, he will rival CR for theatrics, but his positional sense and passing have been a joy to watch this season------------------------------------Robben will shipped out, AND NO HIS INJURY PROBLEMS ARE NOT BEHIND HIM.In fact his injury problems have devalued his Market value so much so thatteams Like Spurs (No desrespect to them) are in contention to sign the sick note. Fri 12 Jun 2009 14:50:43 GMT+1 Desiderius Erasmus "We boast world class talent in the likes of Torres, Gerrard, Mascherano, Reina and Alonso, whilst poor Utd have to flog their golden boy and will crawl on bended knee to Tevez who they've treated like a dog all season knowing full well that he'd be needed once they inevitably sold their golden goose.Suddenly, it doesn't look like such a great deal.Liverpool fan. Chortling."Sorry? What did all that "world class talent" win last season? Oh,nothing! If Man Utd only had one world class talented player (and he's left), it doesn't say much for all the "world class talent" at Anfield that they ended up with nothing. Fri 12 Jun 2009 14:47:44 GMT+1 bannedgunner Good blog Mihir!! Can you now call and ask Blatter and Platini why they aren't moaning at the size of the transfers that Real Madrid have paid and being in debt as well as ruining football. They did this when Man City tried to buy Kaka in January but suddenly it's all gone quiet with UEFA and FIFA now that a Spanish club has paid out with ludicrous amounts in a time of recession.__________________________________________________Better still, can you ask yourself and rest of the English media that they never mention anything when Platina and Blatter criticize other teams and people like you love to play victom. Learn and read other langauges and see that Platin and Bladder HAVE SPOKEN about it. Just bececase it is not mentioned in your little island, it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Quite franckly English whinning about Paltie and Bladder is is becoming too predictable and boring. Platin lets out some gas from his rear end Englihs Whine, Bladder sneezes English go on hussy trip. Go read papers around the world. I used to think us Americans were insulated. Enough of whining about Platini etc. Platini in fact had shown real concern about debts before it became fashionable in English press. Platini didn't like Chelsea's spending habit (Neither did much of the English public), but Chelsea were not a team that he viewed as example of team in trouble due to debts. Nor did he picked on Arsenal. He rightly thought that clubs spending themselves into debt and trouble (Pool Valencia and MAn United) should be checked. He disliked the spending habits of Chelsea and Madrid but he knows their debts are not a danger (not at least in near future) to their well being. I know you English love to moan and cry about every thing, but once an while a good slap in the face to to get you out of your one track mind is well called for. Fri 12 Jun 2009 14:45:02 GMT+1 Professor Techno Mr Bose,Why do you NEVER reply to any comments/questions that have been sparked by your BLOG?RegardsTechno Fri 12 Jun 2009 14:21:10 GMT+1 Jacob Rafferty you are a typical liverpool fan, reluctant to be beaten fairly, in no way at all did liverpool play better football than man united, who were not at all reliant on merely ronaldo alone. with him gone rooney will be able to play in a less sacraficial role and he is just as apt as ronaldo at scoring goals.what is the only ship never to dock in liverpool?the premier-ship. Fri 12 Jun 2009 13:55:47 GMT+1 Sam_Red_Galactico In every way - better play, more goals, stunning performances, no reliance on £80m showponies or refereeing 'decisions'. Fri 12 Jun 2009 13:23:36 GMT+1 Jacob Rafferty in what way were liverpool any better than man utd this season: they lost the league, they were knocked out of the carling cup, fa cup and champions league before man united, they dont have the consistency and strength in depth that other teams such as man utd and chelsea have. they wont be a contender next year and can only perform in cups, which they couldnt even do this year. Fri 12 Jun 2009 12:55:31 GMT+1 Sam_Red_Galactico "the best team does not always win the league"-well clearly it does"I think you'll find that this very season proves his point perfectly."and secondly he is blissfully unaware of sporting etiquette."Such as conspiring with your mate to slander your opponent with lies about making unsporting gestures, for instance? Fri 12 Jun 2009 12:41:54 GMT+1 yimjim Great analysis of the situation! I, for one, am glad it's over. Goodbye Ronny and thanks for your efforts until you won all those awards; too much too soon! Throughout the whole of last season Ronny's body language said a lot, I thought that he was already playing at RM in his head. It's a pity his body was detached from his brain!The botton line is no-one person is mightier than the club. Others have tried but none have succeeded! Fri 12 Jun 2009 12:29:53 GMT+1 Dave Manchester Sam_Red_GalacticoNice try, but I'm not a United fan - Bolton actually. I just enjoy tweaking Scousers, it's such easy sport! Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:43:12 GMT+1 excellentcatblogger Nothing about Ronaldo on the official Real Madrid website, only the Kaka signing. Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:31:16 GMT+1 excellentcatblogger Does anyone know if this deal is 80 million cash on the table now, or is it spread out over many years? Are there any other conditions? Ronaldo has a minor hernia that needs to heal, which might be stumbling block. Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:23:04 GMT+1 joebloggins I Think he will be a sore loss to Man Utd and to the premier league and I ain't no Man U fan either. I Don't think it is such a balmy deal as Real M. will earn a lot from both Kaka and Ronaldo. I Am old enough to remember the fuss made when Spurs paid 99,999 for Greaves and then the incredulity that Tony Hateley was worth £1m. What can Utd replace Ronaldo with ?, Ribery isn't going to be cheap or worth what Bayern think he is worth. You have to suspect that Ferguson made an agreement with Ronaldo last season that he could go....if he stayed that extra year. Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:18:42 GMT+1 Jacob Rafferty Sam_Red_GalacticoWorld class talent?! you have two players, torres and gerrard, mascherano is pathetic and his temper has got him into trouble on numerous occasions, whilst reina is at best a shaky utd do not buy big names, with the exception of berbatov and perhaps tevez, all players improve whilst at utd, ronaldo wasnt the best player in the world when he came to united and, unlike liverpool they can win without him whereas liverpool rely on gerrard and torres for for benitez, he has to be the most unpopular, unprofessional manager on the planet, unable to accept defeat, "the best team does not always win the league"-well clearly it does, and secondly he is blissfully unaware of sporting etiquette.i hope liverpool go into administration and die a slow death. Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:16:41 GMT+1 shahjhussain To replace legendary number 7's like robson, cantona, beckham and still continue to be successful shows that ronaldo can be replaced. A new number 7 will be born and time for ROONEY to step out the shadow! ronaldo leaving does not compare to cantona retiring. Fri 12 Jun 2009 11:11:22 GMT+1 collie21 No one is saying they hate Ronaldo, not united fans. What they are saying is he is great footballer, but a bit a twerp. Did United get a lot out of him? Only an idiot would say different. Will United be worse off without him? I don't think so and I think United fans realise that this season, brilliant as he has been, he hasn't been playing a team sport. That is what United Fans are saying. We love his football, hate his petulance and don't fear his going. Fri 12 Jun 2009 10:39:58 GMT+1 Pendle_Witch Mihir Bose talks about Cristiano Ronaldo on the Six O'Clock News before Fergus Walsh gives us the news on the flu pandemic.Is C.Ronaldo that important? Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:49:58 GMT+1 messino even thogu i never rated him as better than messi, kaka or ibra i beleive united fans should respect him. ronaldo, when growing up in (born in 1985) was watching barca and milan until mid 90s dominate. juventus and then madrid after that. remember when united signedd him madrid were the most successful team and galacticos. all that changed though. so to grow up and support them (which he says so himself) and then play for them is not as bad as you think. both clubs would give him upto 200K a week (that is the truth). nowadays players in their mid 20s to 30s like serie a and want to play their (if it had the money) because they beleive juventus and milan are better than united historically because they watched them win as kids. in 15-20 years players will like the big 4 even if they no longer dominate. UNITeD FANS ARE SO FICKLE it is no longer funny. all of a sudden they hate ronaldo. loyalty is nice (maldini, scholes, giggs, gerrard, delpiero, totti) but if that was the case then he should have stayed at sporting. i see manunited as finished. hallelujah! Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:39:41 GMT+1 Iammoney As a united fan all my life I do not see how we could have turned down that cash for Ronaldo. He has outrageous skill and physically he's the perfect footballer but the way he has carried on is just an affront to the male species. SAF knew he was off, he knew he'd have to replace him (irreplaceable in a sense as he's unique) by buying a couple of players and tweaking the system. Its not all doom and gloom, its like we never won anything without him before. Good luck to him in Real, he gave us 2 fantastic years not to be forgotten. He's joining a sham of a football team though and to be honest its fitting he went to Real where his theatrics and play acting can be applauded. Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:38:43 GMT+1 Jayrleo Manchester United fans have to content themselves with the fact that selling Ronaldo is a poor footballing decision but an excellent business decision.Unfortunately, good football leads to a successful business, not vice-versa. Should Manchester United start to dip in form and achievement post-Ronaldo then all those fickle fans (probably a significant proportion of their base) will move on to Chelsea/Arsenal/Liverpool/Wherever FC. It's too early to call but this has the potential to be disasterous because, ultimately, every true football fan knows that Ronaldo was a fool, but a vastly, supremely talented fool and even £80,000,000.00 cannot replace him. He was unique. Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:35:04 GMT+1 messino Do the likes of Kaka and Ronaldo really have the global reach of Beckham? I'm not so sure.===================================whilst beckham was the one of the least talented and most overrated footballers in the world - a one man circus - he was the most marketable because of his looks, his marriage to posh spice, the 1998 WC controversy, the greece goal, the penalty against argies, fergies boot, his apparent affair, his move to MLS and huge contract, move to madrid, move to milan, 100+ caps for england. all these things kept him in the news and the media helped with the ridiculous hype that people still beleive today.i think ronaldo will make 2/3 of what beckham made for madrid (recession, stronger euro currency, stronger barca team, stronger EPL)madrid have spent 56 + 80 = 136 M in 2 weeks. they will make 600M back in 5 years from both and then from ronaldo (kaka will be older) then 200M from ronaldo over 3 years. i hope they sign messi for 120M. Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:29:26 GMT+1 Cheesymunky To be honest it probably isn't a structured process at Madrid at all.They are probably just throwing money at players trying to create instant success and won't have much money or patience to invest in later seasons.I crazy the amount of money they spending, i would of thought Man City would be the only ones to splash it about like that. Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:21:26 GMT+1 collie21 Nope didn't like his character, didn't like his selfish play either. I thought it spoke volumes when he was holding the premierleague trophy and was left singing on his own with the camera close up on him. At that point I thought, his teams mates don't like him that much. As for the transfer, it's scandalous, Madrid are effectively a government owned institution and are hugely in debt. I am not sure shirt sales cover it, if that was the case, United would have cleared their own debt. I wonder if the players new at the champions league final Ronaldo was leaving? United were well off colour. I am not making excuses for Brilliant Barca where just that. I think some of the other players in Ronaldos shadow might have space to develop, Berbatov will improve, and I think genuinely without buying anyone, United will be a Better TEAM next season Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:18:10 GMT+1 Matttt Also, all the people who mock Mihir's blogs , fair enough, you probably have some valid points, but why bother? I mean, sure our licence fee is going in his back pocket, but if he wasn't blogging, what else would he be doing?!If you don't rate it, don't comment, or, get yourself the job of Sports Editor and have a go at trying to keep a laod of pretentious football know-it-all's happy!Some of us are actually grateful for some nice easy reading in the morning while trying to look busy at work. Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:55:41 GMT+1 Matttt I dunno if all the Man U fans are being sincere when they say they're glad to see the back of him - i'd always wondered how many of you actually liked the guy as a character, not as a player. Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:34:05 GMT+1 LordThornber OK, I might be living in the past, call it whatver you like, but £80m for one footballer, (or £136m for two), surely is the thickish end of the wedge. None of this money will filter down through the leagues as it did once. Yes I appreciate the game has changed but I really believe that in X number of years, football as a whole will be facing the same sort of problems that's affecting us globally.Too much borrowing from too little earnings = bad news. Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:28:32 GMT+1 richard crisford This post has been Removed Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:08:47 GMT+1 Gooner Broxi I don't know what I'm more shocked at. The £80m fee or the 2nd good blog in a row from Mr Bose. Keep up the good work!As a non Man Utd fan I can only say this is a stonking deal. £80m for a moaning diving egomaniac, and you get to spend the lot on new players - Tevez, Benzema, a decent attacking midfielder? That has to be the biggest no-brainer in football history! Fri 12 Jun 2009 07:59:23 GMT+1 fearlessmanabouttown I'm a United fan, for 50 years. As great a player as Ronaldo is I'm glad to see the back of him and thus end all the newpaper rumours, promoted by Ronald and his agent, surrounding his transfer to Real Madrid. He has never been a United favourite, and will not be held in the same regard as our true greats. Plus the money paid for him was way, way over the top, so good business.Liverpool fans can stop chortling as we all know that their two man team will not win the League in the foreseeable future.I fully expect next season's Title chase to be between United and Chelsea, with Arsenal pulling up third. The fourth place will be fought out between an over rated Liverpool, Villa and Spurs.Goodbye Ronaldo, good luck in Madrid Fri 12 Jun 2009 07:53:03 GMT+1 wongwckz As a Utd supporter, great to cash in and get rid of a winker ! 80 millions can bring talents with team spirit back to Utd and SAF can bring the team to another level.Sure will miss his tricks in Premier league but Utd still have fantastic and promising youngsters. Only midfield and defence needs to be strengthened if Utd wants more UEFA trophy - play the Italian way as I hardly remember when Italy lost to Spain on international stage. Fri 12 Jun 2009 06:22:41 GMT+1 God-Supports-ManUnited When it comes to player sales, Fergie's decisions are always made in the best interest of the club. United will stutter for 3 to 4 games then all will be well and people will forget about Ron. Did united miss Beckham, Heinze or van Nestroy? Not at all. Stam? Maybe. Fri 12 Jun 2009 06:13:11 GMT+1 icekathy This post has been Removed Fri 12 Jun 2009 05:43:26 GMT+1 plumpjack This post has been Removed Fri 12 Jun 2009 04:42:13 GMT+1 sychow Great blog as usual, Mihir. Tell much United make on all those CR shirt sales over the years. Also Beckham, Giggs,Cantona etc. Would be interesting to compare with Real. Fri 12 Jun 2009 04:29:05 GMT+1 scarolinared dmrichktI suppose you have detailed knowledge of the contract terms before it has even been signed!A small test for you, please rearrange these words to make a phrase relevant to your last post (59):kettle black pot calling Fri 12 Jun 2009 01:02:15 GMT+1 kopendshanks This post has been Removed Fri 12 Jun 2009 00:55:35 GMT+1 dmrichkt United are getting nowhere near 80 million up front. After Lisbon take their cut Utd will end up with 15 million a year spread over 4 years. Wow! Ronaldo probably earned them more than that in marketing!!!Top deal.Now United have to go out and replace the world player of the year. Easily done?Really? Was Ronaldo worth 4pts to united last season? Of course. If Torres had been fit all season would Liverpool have garnered more points? Well, yes. So, United are now playing catch up. By the way, Mihir, your blogs are supercilious and didactic, which is why most people dislike them. Fri 12 Jun 2009 00:25:52 GMT+1 Tori_torres8 It was expected and it happened.almost inevitable.but what i'm surprised to see is the reaction of most united fans.they really are they even have a little respect for the messiah who carried them when all likes-of left away?beckham,keane,van-nistelroy. in part the old wheel of giggs,scholes and new tires of rooney,tevez they ran 3successive seasons only on his back,his enthusiasm and his inspiration rather than SAF tactics. What more they ask for? Respect his feeling guys.every player born in that time when as a child club football was better known for real madrid than itself,lofts to be lured away by real.if it is his dream,i congratulate him for he is worth be mentioned in the name of dreamers who fought and filled in.a player with magic can produce magic everywhere. i hope he does it well in spain.As for the fans,you guys are manU fans but not football fans. When he scored for you,you guys ran after him. Now he wants to fulfill his own pursuit,you're saying hes better a scuba-diver.come on,leave acting like boys,behave like man. Didn't barcelona teach you how to be man?by the way manU that day looked like boyU except for this magician.good luck. Fri 12 Jun 2009 00:16:11 GMT+1 richardwhitester Great business by MUFC and this from an LUFC fan. One player does not make a team in the premiership,MUFC have a few "decent" players ! Mihir - to the point and spot on ! Thu 11 Jun 2009 23:45:25 GMT+1 The kid from Fuenlabrada The difference with this off-loading is that Ronaldo has many more years of prime football. Van Nistelroy, though he has done well in Spain, might have been slowing for the more demanding English game. Same goes for Beckham. Ronaldo, on the other hand, had many years left to contribute 20 odd goals a year. This was clearly driven by Ronaldo's love of warm weather, Spanish women, and the club he supported as a kid (apparently) along with his infinite ego. Good bit of business for United, coming from a Liverpool fan. I'm just glad that Torres is so loyal to Liverpool and came to the club for the right reasons, because he liked the city, the fans, the ethic of the club. Same goes for Benitez. Thu 11 Jun 2009 22:43:19 GMT+1 darren This post has been Removed Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:43:23 GMT+1 littlejklc To say the EPL is unhealthy, I found it even worse in the Spanish league. They can have a club to spread huge money on players, probably only 2-3 of them, while all the other clubs are struggling on cash, Valencia as an example, they are one of the CL club. BTW, it looks like the Italian league is really dead which is not good either. We need more leagues to complete rather than just two. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:38:53 GMT+1 eccles45 re 44@ @GoonerMadridTo be honest, I only started watching La Liga when Beckham got transferred to RM. Tried to keep in contact ever since though.RM are fine attacking - but defensively ? Perez, during his previous reign, flogged Makele to Chelsea, and never replaced him. Watching RM this season was a tad painful - made me realise why my lot got shot of Heinze.How is Robben going to react ? His injury problems appear to be behind him. Sure, he will rival CR for theatrics, but his positional sense and passing have been a joy to watch this season Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:31:52 GMT+1 marokrile Six years ago After Beckham left United, a new kid was wearing no 7 shirt. He had funny name "Ronaldo", like a famous Real player. Somehow, he remainded me of Beck, but he was too green, and look what has hapened. I think that SAF doesnt nead a replacement, he will make a new one, just wait a litle, and you will see. Zoran Tosic, next United No7. Maybe in a few years we will sell him agin to Real. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:26:34 GMT+1 Roonaldos well, maybe fergie will let rooney play like he does for england now.i hope we get ribery and valencia. ronaldo has not been a proper winger for some while and was more a striker, but i think we have enough options. our midfielders are not world class, and we dont really have any wingers so we need 2(park and nani are not up to it). in the centre i dont see us strengthening but it wouldnt be bad if we invested there. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:19:29 GMT+1 sweetsmellofsuccess Oh dear, this is nearly as excruciating as Mihir's broadcast on the news this evening. Phil McNulty has more than adequately covered the football side of this story, and the business editor covered Real's financial power and strategy. What, exactly, is Mr Bose saying? That Real expect to sell a lot of Ronaldo shirts? That Utd will use most of the money on new players? That Real negotiate their own TV deals and have sweet deals with Spanish institutions? Well d'uh. Been said, been covered. I've noticed Mr Bose's tendency to jump onto a story that is perfectly adequately covered by the correspondent of the sport concerned, and then regurgitate the same details. He has done it again here. Can anyone point out one salient new fact or analysis that is not contained on one of the other BBC blogs on this story? Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:18:45 GMT+1 mufc6832 As a United fan I have to admit it is a huge loss. He is our most exciting and talented player. However, people need to realise he is not the kind of player that fans can genuinely admire. For ever breathtaking goal or outrageous piece of skill there was a petulant act, sulk or a dive. When Ronaldo loses a ball you don't see him turn and chase it down with the same snorting menace as a Rooney or Tevez. He was the best player in the world - but he has no heart, at least not for United anyway.He is irreplaceable. No other winger in the world scores 40 goals a season. United will change the way they play and build a new system around the existing talent and those who now come in. The number 7 shirt needs a new legend. Big shoes to fill but it always has been. The King is dead....long live the King - whoever it may be. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:17:14 GMT+1 Sam_Red_Galactico "I'm hoping Fergie takes this and puts in a 40 million bid for Torres."This is the epitome of the Man Utd fan.They just don't know.No wonder the BBC massages them. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:16:31 GMT+1 Sam_Red_Galactico "Sam_red_galacticoFrom a fellow liverpool fan, you are talking out your rear end a bit!United do have great players in the rest of the team"No problem.Who? Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:07:41 GMT+1 john One can laugh at Sam_Red_Galactico for his comments. I too feel happy that Arsenal have suddenly seen the gap close between them and United - without Arsenal having done anything! But to suggest that United will struggle now..I seem to recall United are currently back to back EPL champions and appeared in the last two CL finals - winning one and losing one.Tell me, did Ronaldo save the penalties that won the CL final against Chelsea? Did Ronaldo make many off-the-line clearances or last ditch challenges to stop an attack or shot! No.With £80 million to spend on replacements, United fans do not need to worry. A manager as astute as SAF can easily bring in three or four top replacements for that money. After all, football is a team game and a team is a sum of all its parts not one individual. After all, Madrid still have a shocking defense! Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:06:37 GMT+1 Enlightened 'the original Ronaldo'------------------Hahahahhahahahha that is how i always felt.Cristiano will never earn the respect that Ronaldo Luis Nazario gained not only at club level but on the world stage for Brazil. Thu 11 Jun 2009 21:04:28 GMT+1