Cristiano Ronaldo transfer: Manchester United nothing without him says Fabregas
15 June 2009 09:21
The 22-year-old said United's success over the past two seasons was entirely down to the talent and contributions of Ronaldo.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won back-to-back Premier league titles, the Champions league, the Carling Cup and the Club World Cup, and despite fielding what he claims to be his strongest ever squad, Fabregas is adamant that without the Portuguese winger, none of these titles would have gone United's way.
"He is such a good player and very difficult to stop," Fabregas told the Star. "Ronaldo won the last two leagues on his own."
United may well struggle to replace Ronaldo this summer. The 24-year-old has been the club's top scorer for the last two seasons, and his absence, Fabregas says, is a huge advantage to the champion's closest rivals.
"The truth is it [Ronaldo's move to Real] is a big piece of luck for the rest of us that he is gone," he continued. "It will be one problems less for us to deal with next season.
"We had our ups and downs on the pitch but I got on well with him and I am sure he will do big things next season alongside Kaka."
Speculation over who Ferguson will bring in to replace Ronaldo has been rife since the world record £80 million transfer was announced last week.
With Carlos Tevez looking likely to make his Old Trafford exit, the club have been linked with Wigan's Antonio Valencia, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Valencia's David Villa and Lyon's Karim Benzema.
In the final weeks of last season, Tevez made public his frustrations over missing out on big games for United.
With Ronaldo's departure it is plausible that the Argentina forward would be given more opportunity at the club, but reports suggest a move to Manchester City is the most likely outcome.
City are in a position to pay the £25.5 million asking price to Tevez's owners in one payment and have reportedly offered the 25-year-old a contract worth £140-000-a-week - a 75 per cent increase on his current salary.