Guillem Balague: Real Madrid will want €60m for Cristiano Ronaldo

by Tanveer Arayan

Guillem Balague believes both Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid have been looking to part ways this summer and says €60m would be enough for any team to sign him.

Ronaldo’s late goal at the weekend secured Real Madrid a 2-1 win against FC Barcelona in the El Clasico and as is the case every year, he is once again being linked with an exit from Madrid.

However, at the age of 31 Ronaldo is now reaching the point in his career where his value will begin to diminish so maybe now is the time where Madrid would really sell and Balague suggests €60m is enough to secure him, along with the substantial wages he’d need.

When questioned about whether the 2-1 win over Barcelona was Ronaldo’s last El Clasico, Balague said: “I’ve been saying all season both Ronaldo and Real Madrid have been, in different ways, looking for a way out this summer.

“The problem at the moment is no one seems able to pay all the money that Ronaldo incurs, meaning about £48m (€60m) that Madrid may want plus the wages, which will be £16m-£20m (€20-25m) net.

“We will have to keep an eye on that because PSG certainly think that they will show some interest. They are after Neymar as well but it will be more difficult to convince Neymar than it will be to convince Ronaldo.”

You can definitely imagine Paris St.Germain sniffing around Ronaldo if Zlatan Ibrahimovic does leave this summer and if that happened then United would more than likely be priced out of any move. However, the real question should be whether we’d want him in the first place.

In my opinion, signing Ronaldo would be extremely typical of what has happened at the club over the last few years. It would be a short-term move, and an expensive one at that and we all know Ed Woodward is desperate for marquee signings every summer.

While I would be far from upset if Ronaldo returned because I do think he has plenty of time left in his career as he’s a true athlete, that sort of money might be better spent elsewhere. That being said, Ronaldo coming back, winning another Ballon d’Or and spearheading us to a double wouldn’t go amiss…

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