Cristiano Ronaldo: International Star Worth Whatever Price Real Madrid Sets

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

When it comes to superstars, there is no price too high. 

The Los Angeles Angeles just dished out $125 million over five years for former AL MVP Josh Hamilton

Former Oklahoma City Thunder sixth man, James Harden, cashed in with a five-year, $80 million deal after being acquired by the Houston Rockets. 

Let's not forget Calvin Johnson. The NFL's best receiver got paid this offseason when he inked a record-setting $132 million contract to stay in Detroit for the next eight years. 

So in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo—who's clearly one of the best soccer players on the planet—the rumored £160 million price tag (roughly $260 million) to acquire him from Real Madrid should seem like chump change. 

Three years ago, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a record £80 million, but it might cost double that to snatch away one of soccer's most exciting stars. 

According to Charles Perrin of Express, the supremely talented forward is unhappy in Madrid and could be had, provided the price is right. 

This season, Ronaldo has netted 22 goals in 27 matches for Real, providing plenty of spark to the debate about whether he or Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world. 

Overall, he's scored 60 goals in 2012. 

Those are astounding numbers, but ones that should be expected from a player who's in the running to win his second prestigious Ballon d'Or award. 

As is this case with any of the traditional American sports, there is no price an organization shouldn't be willing to pay for a franchise player. 

Take the Washington Redskins for instance. 

Long in need of a franchise quarterback, the 'Skins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick to move up to the No. 2 spot to select Robert Griffin III from Baylor. 

Most teams would be crazy to give up that type of draft capital, but in the case of RGIII, there was no price too high for a potential superstar. 

So far, the Redskins look like geniuses for moving up to take the Heisman Trophy winner, and it's safe to say they'd do the trade again. 

In the case of Ronaldo, clubs like Manchester City and most notably Paris Saint-Germain should be opening up their checkbooks to bring in the international superstar. 

Besides his play on the field, Ronaldo is truly a worldwide star and brings instant credibility and notoriety to your team. 

PSG already features a talented squad with Nenê and Ezequiel Lavezzi, but acquiring Ronaldo would be a major coup for the French club. 

The entire Ronaldo situation is still very much up in the air, but for any club that has the means to pry him away from Real Madrid, the checkbook should be open with pen in hand.