Cristiano Ronaldo had expectedly created a world record with his £ 80 million transfer deal from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. Nine years later Real Madrid had agreed on a € 100 million deal for allowing the Portugal striker to play in Serie A for Juventus.
Considering Neymar Jr’s now world record deal of € 222 million for moving from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain in 2017, or Kylian Mbappe’s € 145 million valuation for transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid, Ronado’s €100 million price tag will certainly not justify his present value.
So what value should football world’s biggest and most-cherished icon draw? Ronaldo himself has answered the complex question in an interview with Portuguese channel TVI.
It should by € 300 million, according to Ronaldo himself.
“Based on how football is nowadays? It’s difficult to calculate,” Ronaldo had said in response to a pointed question.
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“Today there is a lot of emphasis placed on potential and the football industry is different. I’m going to put aside (Portuguese Joao) Felix’s (€120m transfer to Atletico Madrid from Benfica) case. Nowadays, any player is worth €100m having proved nothing, there is more money in football.
“A goalkeeper, a centre-back is worth €70m, €80m – I don’t agree. But this is the world which we live in, the market is like that and you have to respect it. Is there a football player that has more records than me? I don’t think there is a player that has more records than me.
“I were 25, if a goalkeeper is worth €75m, a player that does and has done what I have done in recent years has to have a value of three or four times that (up to € 300 mn), easily, but I no longer have that desire,” ESPN.co.uk has quoted Ronaldo as saying during the interview.
The 34-year-old also said “the challenge” of winning individual and collective trophies at the top level keeps him motivated to continue playing football. The Juve forward said he could retire next year if he wanted as he has amassed a fortune in wages, endorsements and investments yet the temptation is there to play until he’s 41 as he craves more silverware.
“My motivation is my obsession for success, I admit it,” he said. “But it is a good obsession.
“I know I’m already in the history of football. I know that I’m one of the best in my field but that is not by chance. I could end my career next year but I could also play until I’m 40 or 41.
“It’s about the challenge. I still feel motivated to win individual and collective trophies, and if I wasn’t, I would end it [career]. I have everything I want, I have an excellent family, I have spectacular businesses. From a financial standpoint, I’m very well. I don’t need football to live well. I will live well all of my life.
“What I always say to myself is to enjoy the moment. My present is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy myself. I look at it as projects and the enthusiasm [they bring.]”