The press says that June 11th 2009 saw Real Madrid and Manchester United reach an agreement for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But according to the White Houseâ€™s former president, Ramon Calderon, Los Blancos had acquired the Portuguese superstar much earlier than that.
There is some bad blood flowing between Ramon Calderon and Real Madridâ€™s current club president, Florentino Perez. Both men are rivals and both claim to have signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
Calderon, who resigned from his presidential post a year ago, used to be a regular figure in the Spanish papers. The 58-year-old man was constantly â€˜at warâ€™ with the Red Devilsâ€™ legendary manager Alex Ferguson in an affair that was called â€œthe Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Sagaâ€.
Calderonâ€™s mission was to complete the Spanish giants’ dream move for the Portuguese superstar. Now despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo never stepped at the Santiago Bernabeu during his mandate, the former Real Madrid president fully believes that he is the man who brought the star winger in Spain.
â€œCristiano came to an agreement with Manchester United for a transfer to Real Madrid on December 8th 2008,â€ Calderon precisely stated.
Perhaps dejected by the fact that most football followers (if not all) look upon Florentino Perez as â€œthe man who made Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s dream switch to Real Madrid happenâ€, Ramon Calderon insisted:
â€œThere was no negotiation during last summer. Everything was already concluded.â€
Ramon Calderon went further into details to explain how the deal between Manchester United and Real Madrid went through, and how Cristiano Ronaldo was the main person behind the success of this transfer.
â€œThe player accepted a clause of â‚¬ 30 million; that was in case the transfer failed. But Inter Milan and Barcelona also joined the race.
â€œThe Red Devils wanted to resolve that clause for those two teams instead of selling to Real Madrid. Everyone knows that there isnâ€™t a good relationship between the two clubs [Real Madrid and Manchester United].
â€œBut the situation was eventually resolved by Cristiano Ronaldo himself. He remained faithful to Real Madrid.â€
Is anybody listening to Ramon Calderonâ€™s claims over the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid?
It seems like records will always portray Florentino Perez as the hero of the Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Saga.
Angela Asante, Footballfantalk.com