With reports claiming Real Madrid will pay Tottenham less than the world-record fee for Gareth Bale, has Ronaldo's standing at the club had a bearing on the offer?
£101million…£86million…£78million – whatever Tottenham Hotspur ultimately receive for Gareth Bale, it will be a fortune in any sense of the word.
And yet following reports that Real Madrid have convinced Daniel Levy to accept a single lump sum of £78million, you wonder if that was purely down to canny negotiation, or if the Bernabeu’s current star-turn had something to do with it.
Of course it's only the latest rumour in a summer full of them. But if Tottenham do end up receiving £2million less than the world record fee Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, there's a question to be asked as to whether the Portuguese player’s ego played a part in the final days of offer and counter-offer.
While Ronaldo is seemingly fighting a losing battle to wrestle the Ballon d’Or away from Lionel Messi – and with Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery taking the Best Player in Europe Award last week – the one title Ronaldo still holds at the moment is that of the world’s most expensive player.
If Bale takes that honour - and he still might - then his new teammate will have little aside from his talent to distinguish him from the rest. For most, that would be enough. But for Ronaldo, you sense not.
The sudden arrival of £78million in your bank account is not to be sniffed at. But given that Real were reportedly prepared to pay £101million in a series of instalments, a drop of £23million is considerable. That's if that offer was ever viable given my theory.
As the deal nears its conclusion, we'll soon learn exactly how much Real Madrid are prepared to pay for a player tipped to be the next global superstar; although Ronaldo’s thoughts on the matter may never be fully revealed…
Do you believe Ronaldo's presence at the Bernabeu could influence the amount Tottenham receive for Bale ? And what is a fair price for the Welshman ?
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