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Sport Bookie: Ferguson reveals promise to Ronaldo
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 2 January 2014 11:30
Pay per head services remember that in 2009, Ronaldo eventually left the Premier League club for Real Madrid for a then £80 million world-record fee.
The move put an end to Real’s long pursuit of the Portuguese star. Bookmakers UK and pay per head services saw that in his newly published book – Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography – Ferguson revealed that he was waiting to sell the player due to the actions of previous Real president Ramon Calderon, something that sport bookies suspected all along.
Sport bookies learned that Ferguson was irritated by Calderon in his wish to sign the 28-year-old, to the extent that Manchester United did not sell the player until Florentino Perez was re-instated as Real’s president.
“Madrid paid £80million in cash for him, and do you know why? It was a way for Florentino Perez, their president, to say to the world, ‘We are Real Madrid, we are the biggest of the lot’,” Ferguson wrote.
“When the possibility of him leaving edged towards being a probability, I reached a gentleman’s agreement with him.
“I went to Carlos’s (Queiroz, former Manchester United assistant coach and then-Portugal manager) house in Portugal to find the boy expressing an urge to go to Real Madrid, and told him: ‘You can’t go this year, not after the way Calderon has approached the issue’.
“I said, ‘I know you want to go to Real Madrid. But I’d rather shoot you than sell you to that guy now. If you perform, don’t mess us about, and someone comes and offers a world record fee, then we will let you go.’
“I did well to calm him down. I told him that the reason I was refusing to sell him that year was because of Calderon.
“I said, ‘If I do that, all my honour’s gone, everything’s gone for me, and I don’t care if you have to sit in the stands. I know it won’t come to that, but I just have to tell you I will not let you leave this year’.”
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Bookmakers UK and price per head services were quite intrigued to find out about all this, and sport bookies all over the world will definitely follow developments on Ronaldo and Fergie.