The Cristiano Ronaldo
transfer saga has been going on since Manchester United's Champions League victory on May 21, and 10 weeks later it remains unresolved. Now the
uncertainty over the winger's trans
fer is affecting the Real
Madrid players, who have grown frustrated with the ubiquity of the Ronaldo rumors.
Earlier in the summer, Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder
displayed his frustration with the situation.
"It'd be bad for the dressing room," said Sneijder, "because he would earn better wages than the rest of the squad. It wouldn't be
a problem to me, but some teammates wouldn't fancy it. Right now nobody can say anything because speaking well about him shows a lack of respect to the players we have and Real Madrid have talented
Real Madrid defender Pepe
has also tried to put distance between the Real Madrid locker room and his international teammate.
"There is a little disrespect going on because a team does not rely on one player, even if he is very good," he said. "Pele
and [Diego] Maradona
won major games, but they had help from their peers."
Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster
recently signaled that the
club is attempting to move on and pursue other players in the transfer market.
"I'm calm because long ago the club had an obsession with bringing in a player, although I can't
remember his name," he joked. "I'm not worried because I'm working here with a squad that's had a year to train together.
But Schuster may not be laughing at Real Madrid president
recent comments about Ronaldo, who scored 42 goals last season for United. The tireless Calderon put it simply, "Either Cristiano Ronaldo
comes or nobody does."
Schuster is reportedly interested in bringing Hamburger playmaker Rafael van der Vaart
to the Spanish capital. Madrid has
also been linked with Valencia striker David Villa
, the leading goalscorer at Euro 2008.