Real put Ronaldo up for sale! (But it will cost 170m to bag the 80m signing)
Real Madrid have put a buy-out clause of almost £170million - more than double the world record sum they are paying Manchester United - in Cristiano Ronaldo's contract. Jorge Mendes, the Portugal international's agent, was in Madrid last week to finalise the details of the six-year contract. And Madrid are so keen that Ronaldo will remain with them until 2015 that his buy-out clause - mandatory under Spanish football rules - has been set prohibitively high. In contrast, Lionel Messi's buy-out price at Barcelona is 'only' £120m. Ronaldo, 24, is now in Portugal and is expected to sign his contract in the next few hours and fax it back to Madrid. It is likely he will relax for a few more days in the Algarve before going through his Madrid medical and heading to the Spanish capital to house hunt. Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers fans will have to pay more than four times the usual ticket price for the visit of Real to the Tallaght Stadium on July 20. It is set to be the first game of the new Galacticos era, though Ronaldo and Kaka - signed from AC Milan for £56m - may not make their Real debuts until the Peace Cup a week later. For Saturday's visit of Galway United, an unreserved adult seat cost £13. To watch the Madrid friendly, supporters must pay £55 (plus booking fee). A crowd of 9,000 will pack into the League of Ireland's newest stadium for the game, with 5,700 temporary seats installed to add to the 3,300-capacity stand. Platinum One, the organisers both of the friendly and Real's week-long training camp at the 1,100 acre Carton House, will profit from ticket sales and any TV rights for the match. Rovers, meanwhile, will receive a financial boost from their corporate facilities and merchandise shop.
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