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Cristiano Ronaldo: I Want to Play for Real Madrid

Keith GriffinSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his silence. And it's not good for Manchester United.

Speaking from the Portugal training camp in Switzerland today, he has finally stated where he intends to play next season: Real Madrid. He told Terra magazine the following:

"I want to play for Real Madrid, but only if it is true they are eager to pay me and Manchester United what they have been saying they will."

The statement will come as a blow no doubt to Manchester United and all its fans across the world. Ronaldo seemingly thinks his career will progress further if he joins Madrid, and money also seems to be on the mind by the tone of the quote above.

He also added "However, it does not depend on me. It is important to send a message.

"From now on I will not talk again about this until the end of the Euros. It is not worth asking me because I will not reply."

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Looks like United have a crisis on their hands to replace the goals aplenty that Ronaldo provided. Dont know what else to say really. I'm still in shock. Seems money has prevailed once again in luring a superstar to Spain.

I'll still remember Ronny for the man who broke records, dazzled us with style and speed, and also for driving us toward back-to-back titles and our first European Cup since 1999.

You're not the first legend to leave the club, and you wont be the last legend to don the red shirt...but no one man is bigger than the team and I'm sure not only Man United fans will echo these thoughts, but football fans in general.

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