My Dream Is To Play For Madrid

I’ve long been a believer that the media can make any story it likes true if it repeats it enough. When Martin Jol was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur, it was against the wishes of a majority of Spurs supporters, and in line with a concerted media campaign that began well before the club’s form slumped at the start of the season. When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea not long afterwards, it was again a story that started in the press, and whipped itself up into a whirlwind to such a point that his position at the club became untenable. This phenomenon will appear to have reached its natural conclusion if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United for Real Madrid – a scenario that is looking more and more like a self fulfilling prophecy with each passing day. In the beginning, it looked like nothing more than it was – an under the counter, illegal approach by Madrid in cahoots with the Spanish media, who are desperate to to gain ground on the all-star Premier League. No-one in the tabloid press in this country seems to have stopped and asked the question of why Ronaldo would want to leave the best team in Europe for a team that have struggled and stumbled on the European stage over the last few seasons and have only ended up as the champions of Spain for...

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