The opposition featuring Real Madridâ€™s Calderon and Manchester Unitedâ€™s Alex Ferguson is a hot battle made of two men claiming to be tranquil and relax. Earlier last week, Ramon Calderonâ€™s comments on the transfer saga came at the delight of the clubâ€™s board. The president affirmed that Ronaldoâ€™s move would be completed in two weeks.
He stated that the club has a healthy budget that would prevent Real Madrid from a financial crisis should they even splash 85 million Euro on the Portuguese playmaker.
In the meantime, far away in South Africa where Man United travelled for their pre-season tour, Ferguson assured that Cristiano Ronaldo would be at Old Trafford next season. The manager confirmed he had met with Ronaldo in Lisbon on Monday, adding that everything went well though they both expressed their feelings as regards to the transfer. However, with his calm and comfortable attitude, was Fergie only trying to create impressions?
On Thursday, Ronaldo was in the USA where he enjoyed the limelight. Certainly, he did not want to further his arguments about quitting England neither with the media nor with Ferguson. All the sameâ€¦ Ronaldo found another way to cry out his desire to leave: with the support of his clutches, Ronaldo danced with four models by his sides during a party in Los Angeles.
The message to Fergie is clear: Ronnie will behave in the most undisciplined manner off the pitch and in training if Manchester United forces him to stay at Old Trafford. But what good is it to keep a player who is not willing to perform and who has broken up his relationship with almost everyone in the team? Former Man United captain Roy Keane believes that if Ronaldo keeps on â€œpissing of Fergie,â€ his dream of moving from United to Madrid will come true.
As things stand at the moment, the future of Ronaldo is still unpredictable, though it is clear the player wants to leave. Now, the transfer saga has reached a critical point where Ronaldoâ€™s destiny is in his own hands.. If he really wants to go to Madrid, Ronaldo must irritate Fergie until the manager gets tired enough of his behaviour to let him quit the club. Psychologically, in this mind game between Calderon and Ferguson, a win for Real Madrid is the most likely as the player himself, Cristiano Ronaldo, has sided with the Spanish giants.
Written by: Angela Asante