Papers: Ronaldo reaction

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s proposed depature to Real Madrid has set tongues wagging – not least in opinion columns across Britain’s newspapers. Here is a selection of the individual reactions from Friday’s tabloids and broadsheets…

“Such is the ability of Ferguson to rebuild that even on the day he seems about to lose the world’s best player, he has never been in a stronger position. The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo may mark the end of yet another era but the arrival in his place of Franck Ribery – Ferguson’s most likely target as a replacement – will inevitably usher in another. It is like something out of Doctor Who, and this will be the biggest budget series yet. Bryan Robson became Eric Cantona. David Beckham regenerated as Ronaldo. Each wore the famous No7 shirt, each played the role differently with his own supporting cast.” Matthew Dunn, Daily Express

“The northern sky is dimmer with Ronaldo’s proposed £80m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, but broken hearts are fewer than expected. About the only prize not claimed by the Fifa World Player of the Year in his six years in England was the adoration of the wider public, who loved his skills but not his ways.” Paul Hayward, The Guardian

“It might have been hard to like Ronaldo but it was harder still not to admire him. Even if Ferguson is allowed to invest all the £80m from his sale in the purchase of new players, United will be a poorer team without Ronaldo. The sad thing is that Ronaldo will almost certainly be a poorer player without United, too. At Old Trafford, he had men like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez who would run themselves into the ground for the team and leave the glory to him. Despite that, he has agitated for a move to Madrid like a little boy tugging at his mummy’s sleeve, whining and whimpering until he gets what he wants.” Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror

“The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo can be the making of Wayne Rooney. Rooney has become a frustrated figure at Manchester United, having been pushed wide left to accommodate Ronaldo. That was never more apparent than in the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona when Ronaldo played for himself and Rooney was left throwing his arms around in despair. The central danger area should be Rooney territory, as he has proved by his brilliant goalscoring run – 10 in his last seven games – for England. Coach Fabio Capello revealed he has got the best out of Rooney by telling him to play in the middle where goals are scored. Simple, yes, but amazingly effective.” Shaun Custis, The Sun

“Yes, the money, £80million, is good, but it needs to be. United have traded their main man to a serious rival. There is no precedent for this, no moment in history to call upon and place the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo in comforting context. ‘Remember when we sold the best player in the world, and it made us stronger?’ No, because that never happens. Never has and never will.” Martin Samuel, Daily Mail

“Think of United and many special images blur into one: the history, the ground, the support, the glimpse of Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout, Sir Bobby Charlton in the directors’ box and the statue of Sir Matt Busby standing proudly outside. All these sights and sounds form the emotional force-field that is Manchester United. No player can ever dream of being bigger than that. No chance. Yet Ronaldo acted during last month’s Champions League final as if marching solely to his own beat, not Ferguson’s, not his team-mates’. It is time for United to be an 11-man team again. Thanks for the memories, Cristiano, and let’s all move on.” Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph

Nani Looking to fill Ronaldos Boots


As United are linked with a host of new signings to replace the outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo, Reds winger Nani is confident of rediscovering his best form and showing his true value.

The former Sporting Lisbon winger is certain Ronaldo will be a success at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he is similarly confident of stepping up to the plate in his countryman’s absence. “He has been doing an excellent job so I think he deserves it,” Nani told Portuguese news agency IOL. “It is a fantastic amount, excellent and fair value for what he has done. Real Madrid are a great club and will be good for him.

“I think I can have more opportunities now. Cristiano was very important to Manchester but now I can show my value and they will gamble more on me.” Nani struggled to replicate the impressive form of his maiden campaign last term, but has still made 72 appearances and scored 10 goals since arriving from Portugal in the summer of 2007.

~ by awbroady on June 14, 2009.

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