FIFA president Blatter backs Real's 'Picasso' deal for Ronaldo
13 June 2009 10:11
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Real Madrid's world-record bid to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu has been defended by the FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Speaking in South Africa ahead of the Confederations Cup, which is set to kick off on Sunday, the football supremo dismissed any fears over the Spanish giants' £80million bid for the Manchester United midfielder, insisting that it proved the game's ever-improving popularity.
'Ten years ago there was painting from Picasso's Blue Period was sold by Sothebys in London at that time for over £100 million,' he said.
'And what happened to this painting by Picasso? They hid it somewhere so no-one could take it away. Nobody can see it.