Premiership champions Manchester United have lost their patience and have reported Real Madrid to FIFA over the Cristiano Ronaldo fiasco. Since the end of the 2007-2008 season the Spanish and European giants have been persistently throwing leaks into the press about a possible bid for the 23-year old Portuguese.
On Monday, the Premiership and European champions Manchester United sent a formal letter of complaint to FIFA alleging that Real Madrid are trying to lure Ronaldo away from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu by appropriate means. FIFA themselves confirmed that they have indeed received a letter from United.
Cristiano Ronaldo himself has unwittingly but not unwillingly flared up rumours of a possible 90 million euro move from Man United to Real Madrid in the summer. He was quoted by the Brazilian website Terra as saying that he would like to play for Real Madrid next season but would be able to do so only if his club Man United accept Real’s offer.
Now that United have complained against the Merengues, maybe Real Madrid should take notice. But their president Ramon Calderon appears as much nonchalent as confident. In a meeting with the journalists, he said that he was not at all bothered by the complaint since United do not have any evidence to support their case against Madrid.
“They don’t have any evidence because nothing has happened.
“All there is is what the papers say and rumours that the player seems to want to leave. But at the moment a move is impossible because United don’t want to sell him.
“It’s United’s right [to complain] but we haven’t done anything and we are not going to do anything. It’s a matter between the player and his club.”
Now the Cristiano Ronaldo circus has put up its tent in the legal domain? Where next? Surely not in a lunatic asylum…..?