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Real to Maintain Cristiano Ronaldo Pursuit

  • RivalsDM, Thursday, January 17, 2008 6 PM
Spanish champion Real Madrid says it will continue pursuing Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, despite firm rebuttals from Old Trafford. United officials maintain they would not sell the reigning PFA Player of the Year under any circumstances, but the Merengues insist they will never give up hope of landing the Portuguese star.

"Ronaldo is an exceptional footballer," Real's sporting director Predrag Mijatovic told the Sun, "although we know signing a player like that is very complicated, we will just have to keep working on it. If one day a chance opens up, then we will be there trying to sign him. He'd grace any team in the world." Ronaldo is the top scorer in England and in Europe with 16 Premier League goals from 18 appearances, an almost unheard of tally for a winger.

The latest reports in Spain claim the Spanish giant is willing to spend a world-record $100 million to land Ronaldo this summer. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described the speculation as "nonsense," but who wouldn't consider that kind of money? United spent that much over summer on Owen Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson combined.

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