Cristiano Ronaldo transfer: Worldrecord deal shows football is booming says Sepp Blatter

12 June 2009 08:03
Real's world-record swoop for Manchester United's Ronaldo came just three days after the previous record £56 million move for AC Milan forward Kaka.[LNB]Real's spending is at odds with the financial climate, but Blatter insists the Ronaldo deal merely emphasises the healthy state of football.[LNB] Related ArticlesGlazers dismiss 'paranoia'United in Valencia approachWho can fill Ronaldo's boots?'World's greatest league?'Sport on televisionSven-Goran Eriksson backs Manchester United in Cristiano Ronaldo slavery row "What does £80 million mean when 10 years ago another player with the same name [Ronaldo of Brazil] moved from one club to another for $50 million?" Blatter said. "It means that there is still a demand to have the stars.[LNB]"We are in a very sensitive market, in an economic crisis, but football remains a fantastic product, not just to buy or sell but a product that gives people what they want – emotions. They want the stars."[LNB]Real's transfer spending has raised questions in Spain, however, over how the club is funding its recruitment policy.[LNB]Barcelona's financial director, Xavier Sala i Martin, said: "I would like to know where Madrid go to get their money." [LNB] 

Source: Telegraph