My Dream Is To Play For Madrid

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Red Ranter says:

    While I won’t buy into the claim of the “Biggest club” — which is again a media generated word, although “among the biggest” is a better word.

    The hallmark of United under Ferguson has been coming back from the sales of big stars. We’ve come back from the sales of Robson/Hughes/Ince, Cantona’s retirement, RvN’s sale etc. I personally wouldn’t be all that worried as long as SAF is at the helm. [As an aside: I wrote about SAF yesterday, but the comments were all about Ronaldo. :)] We may suffer next season, but that’s not the end of the world. On this whole transfer saga, though, I had made a resolution to not talk about it on my blog for the past week. Today’s friday, so I will write a full blown account of my opinion on the saga tomorrow. So you’ll have to read that. [I’m sure you’ll be on the edge of your seat!]

    United fans for most part wouldn’t do the supposed soul searching that you mentioned, because wondering if you are the biggest club misses the point entirely.

  2. ursus arctos says:

    I have one cavil with 200’s account.

    It isn’t the “Spanish media” that are pushing this, it is the “Real Madrid sycophantic media” in the form of Marca and as, each of which has long been used by the club as a mouthpiece and each of which is falling over the other in their slobbering allegiance to all things Merengue.

    I would also take the 300,000 pounds a week story with several mountains of salt. As I’ve noted elsewhere, the sums being discussed in Spain are much lower (and in fact lower than the Ibrahimovic contract).

    And Red Ranter’s last sentence is absolutely spot on.

  3. Tote Football Pro says:

    If United sell Ronaldo they will have £70m on top of their usual £50m to spend on players. My heart really bleeds. They will be able to buy, for example, Queresma, Alves, Benema and Aguaro. All this talk of them being significantly weakened is a little wide of the mark.

    The hilarious aspect of it all though is that Sir Alex is seething that his “biggest club in the world” may not be able to hold onto its best player. I am thoroughly enjoying the media cicus going round, which makes a change as they are usually so scared of ferguson thye wouldn’t dare write anything about Man U.

  4. ursus arctos says:

    Well, it isn’t exactly clear that they have the “usual” 50 million now that the Glazers have been so generous with the debt, is it?

    And the Spanish press is reporting that Sevilla has already agreed to sell Alves to Barcelona, while the current favourite for Quaresma (and perhaps Aguero) are Inter.

    Agreed that it is highly entertaining, however.

  5. Coach McGuirk says:

    Well, I can see other reasons for Ronaldo packing up his boots and jetting off to Madrid outside the money.

    Ronaldo has won the league with United in back to back years, and he has won the CL with them as well. What more does he have to do with MU?? He has won just about everything he can with the club. I’m sure a big fat raise, along with a coach who will ease up on him, a league where the refs will protect him, and fans who will appreciate his more annoying antics (the diving and general petulance) all are reasons that a move to Madrid must seem to be the right thing to do in his mind.

    Besides, if the fee is 70 million, the Glazers will certainly not spend the whole lot on the debt. I’m sure they’ss give SAF 20 million of it, and I wouldn’t bet against SAF in finding a mor than adequate replacement for that amount of cash.

    All this means that, as an Arsenal fan, Ronaldo’s departure won’t really help out my club all that much.

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