Ronaldo and Messi Transfer to Manchester City – Biggest Robbery in History of Football
The transfer rumors keep coming. On September 4th, 2011, it was reported in Spain that Manchester City had offered £50 million plus Mario Balotelli to bring Lionel Messi from Barcelona to Etihad Stadium. Reportedly, Barca rejected the bid.
What makes this interesting is that week after week Manchester City continues to be linked to the world’s best players. Whether these rumours are true or false, the fact is they are inching closer all the time! It seems ages ago that City tried to sign a former FIFA World Player of the Year in the Brazilian Kaka. Although they failed to sign him, £91 million for Kaka meant Man City had arrived.
Manchester City have their eyes set on two players…
Before I get to that, let me remind you that City already nicked one world-class player off Barcelona. Yaya Toure. That was waaay back when they supposedly couldn’t pull any big-name signings. This transfer window saw them add to the likes of Dzeko, Yaya Toure, and David Silva with two new guns Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero. Other teams linked to these incredible players in the transfer window were Manchester United and Chelsea. With all the transfer money available to these two giants of world football, City still pulled off the robbery! And they almost pulled off the biggest robbery EVER when they attempted to lure Wayne Rooney across town not too long ago. If anyone else other than SAF was in charge, Rooney would be wearing blue today.
Let’s get to the good stuff…
Back in June of this year, news came out that Cristiano Ronaldo was tempted to join Manchester City. It was reported that he bragged to a friend that it might be interesting to have another go in England, but only if certain demands were met:
- The No.7 jersey and captain’s armband
- A guarantee that he’ll always be City’s highest paid player
- Transfer fee equal to the record £80m Real Madrid paid for him two years ago
Ronaldo’s friend claimed that a member of the Sheikh’s family offered him this world record-breaking package and that they were prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to get him. They even sent him a picture of a Bentley loaded with piles of cash across the back seat and an invitation to Abu Dhabi where he would be treated like royalty. Ronaldo’s friend went on to claim that he was considering the offer. The fact is that City denied these claims, and according to them no offer had been made with their knowledge.
All we know for sure is that when Ronaldo said that his dream was to one day play for Real Madrid, he packed his bags and left. Like his manager at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo has always left the door open to return to the Premier League. Not coincidentally, he still has a home in England which he rents to his former Real Madrid teammate Emmanuel Adebayor. Since leaving Man United, Ronaldo has mentioned numerous times how he has many good friends back in Manchester and still keeps in touch with them. One of them Sir Alex Ferguson. If some day Cristiano does sign with Manchester City, hopefully SAF will have retired as that would surely break his heart.
Here’s my take on it.
Now that Ronaldo is living his childhood dream to play for Madrid, La Liga has developed a huge gap between the top two teams and everyone else. Sadly for him, the level of competition is simply not as high as the Premier League where any team can get a result at any given day. La Liga’s lower teams are terrible! It became apparent last year, and will continue this year that Real Madrid will crush any of the lower teams 8-1. When facing these underpaid, unmotivated players, CR7 will bag 5-6 goals per game. He and Messi will again battle it out for top scorer except this year they’ll reach for 60 goals a piece! These stats will look impressive on paper, but the truth is knowledgeable soccer fans will put an imaginary asterisk * next to these records. Similar to the steroid era in Baseball, except without the actual cheating.
Manchester City Money Facts:
- Since 2008, Man City have spent £240m on forwards alone
- Since 2008, Man City have spent £223m on the rest of the squad
- Grand total in transfer fees Man City have spent since 2008… £460 million
- £460 million EXCLUDING player wages
- The quality of the players Man City buys is increasing with every transfer window – Yaya Toure, Tevez, Dzeko, Silva, Nasri, Aguero
- In La Liga, the gap between the top two teams and the rest will grow even larger
- If the EPL continues to get richer and more competitive, more stars will leave Spain for the English Premier League
- Man City and Liverpool have joined the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea as the world’s most powerful clubs
How impossible are these fictional scenarios…
- This season Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Real Madrid to either a La Liga or Champions League trophy (or both)
- Barcelona’s season will be deemed a failure by their standards
- Ronaldo will again strive for top level competition and return to England
- Ronaldo will have won everything with Real Madrid and sign for Man City or Man Utd
- Messi will feel the need for a change and to prove himself in a different league and sign for Manchester City
- Jose Mourinho will again replace Roberto Mancini as he did with Inter Milan and manage Man City
- Mourinho will replace SAF at Man Utd when he retires
Well, maybe not. But I know what is possible. Manchester City will continue to push to sign the biggest superstars of the game in an attempt to buy a Premier League title.
I have two wishes. One, that La Liga works out their financial issues and becomes the exciting and unpredictable league it once was. They keep all their big-name players! Two, if indeed either Ronaldo or Messi decides to give it a go in England, that CR7 chooses Man United and Leo chooses Man City!
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