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Ribéry, last ace for Real poker

Franck Ribéry

It’s done. Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder will leave Real Madrid in the next few hours as they will sign with Bayern Munich and Inter Milano, respectively. These sales together with Álvaro Negredo’s to Sevilla bring to the ‘White House’ those €60m (₤53m) Florentino Pérez needs to afford Ribéry’s move from the German giants.

Why would Real Madrid sell two of their greatest footballers? Why would they want to lose their only left wing? It’s clear: just to earn some cash in order to buy the last ace for their poker, together with Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema.

If the story ends this way, Florentino will have paid €308m (₤271m) to reinforce a team whose worst curse was simply the lack of a steady group capable of reaching the level of their Catalan rivals. On the other hand, the famous Spanish businessman would sort out the problem caused by the high capital injection introduced in the European football market, which brought important benefits for teams such as Manchester United or AC Milan. In other words, with the former Olympique de Marseille player in Spain’s capital, there wouldn’t be anymore aces on the table – the ‘red devils’ wouldn’t have any top level players avalaible to buy in order to recover their squad from Cristiano’s significant loss.

Franck Ribéry is the last avalaible start left on the European scene.

Today’s quote: “Zidane will be very happy if I sign with Real Madrid”, Franck Ribéry.

Today’s news: Barcelona signs up Chygrynskiy for €25m (₤22m), UEFA Champions League Draw.

7 responses to “Ribéry, last ace for Real poker

  1. rpcutts August 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    If you think that the only way to replace a star player is by signing another “top level” player then I believe you are misguided.

    When Van Nistleroy signed for Madrid there was a similar claim. Where oh where would Man United get their goals from. They haven’t replaced their superstar with another big name. They are doomed.

    The short sightedness of some “football fans” astounds me.

  2. Diego Caballero August 27, 2009 at 11:18 PM


    First of all, thanks for your comment (the first one in this blog).

    I get your POV, but I think I may have not explained mine correctly or you may have not understood what I tried to say.

    I wasn’t talking about “replacing”. I just meant that, if Ribéry comes to Spain, Manchester United won’t be able to sign another star with those €96m they earned by selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid – just because there are no more avalaible players at the same level of Ronaldo or Messi in the current European scene.

  3. wllmhll August 28, 2009 at 4:30 AM

    i have to agree with rpcutts on this one, just because ronaldo has left old trafford doesnt mean they need to a “big name” to fill the void.

  4. kffv August 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    The only thing i don’t agree with is the strategy that Ribery applied to get his way out. I think that a player, even if he’s not totally comfortable in his team, has to be a professional and give his best in every game. That is just what being a professional means. Im glad of being a Barcelona fan ’cause we never really needed this fake star. Can’t Real Madrid see that this guy can repeat his acts anytime? If he did it once being the most important player in a Big team with few stars (probably none), what would he do being a side player in the most criticized team in the whole world? 🙂

  5. August 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    I think the main focus and driving force of Utd has always been the ‘team’ rather than the individual, which could’ve been one of the driving factors behidn Fergy selling him.

    But I get Deigo’s point. With that money received, if they were to buy ‘a big name player’ (not that they need to) who could they possibly get for the money?

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