"Football, bloody hell!"
Ribéry, last ace for Real poker
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.