Ferguson had plans to bring Ronaldo back to Man Utd with a 150 million deal
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he proposed a 150 million pound offer to be formulated for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson believes Real Madrid would have accepted the offer had Manchester United been able to place such an offer at the table.
Ronaldo, who won the first of his two Ballon d’Or awards under Ferguson at Manchester United, became the world’s most expensive football player when he was bought by Real Madrid for 80 million pounds in 2009. Ferguson claims Manchester United could have bought the Portuguese star back if they had offered twice the amount they were paid for Ronaldo.
Ferguson is adamant Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would have succumbed to the staggeringly high offer from Manchester United for Ronaldo. Ferguson added that he was disappointed to learn that former chief executive of Manchester United, David Gill ignored his advice.
“I told David Gill to ask for 150 million pounds. Perez would have paid,” Ferguson said in a recent interview to Ronaldo’s official digital fan magazine, CR7. “The only thing that hurt me, and I said this repeatedly to David Gill, was that we didn't demand enough.
“I told David, 'Ask for 150 million.' He said: 'Don't be silly. They'll never pay 150 million.'”
Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 to become one of the greatest stars the club has ever had. The Portugal international has scored 91 goals in his final three seasons at Old Trafford and is widely acclaimed as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world.
Ronaldo has gone farther beyond the levels of excellence he showed at Manchester United after moving to the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old forward has scored 238 goals in 233 games for Real Madrid and won the Ballon d’Or award for his amazing form for club and country in 2013.
Real Madrid broke the transfer fee record once again this summer by signing in Gareth Bale for 85 million pounds this summer. This has left Ferguson pondering once again over whether Manchester United would have agreed to the massive deal he was planning to reacquire Ronaldo’s services.
“I believe he cost 80 million pounds or something like that,” Ferguson added. “But I still keep asking myself what senor Perez would have said if we asked for 150. Considering that they signed Gareth Bale for 85 million pounds, I believe they would have agreed to pay between 80 and 150 million. I am sure, because I know that Perez knew perfectly the quality of the player he was getting, as shown by Cristiano's stats at United.”