Who signed Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid?

Florentino Perez and Ramon Calderon

Florentino Perez and Ramon Calderon

The days of the Galacticos are gone; now a new era has found its naissance at the Santiago Bernabeu. This current epoch was marked by so many changes and arrivals. The takeover of Florentino Perez from Ramon Calderon and the influx of a bunch of superstars look to have given Real Madrid a new sight of breath.

Recommendations and praises haven’t stopped falling on Florentino Perez – the man who is believed to have made it all happen.

Real Madrid can now boast of their line-up of stars which comprises names such as Kaka, Benzema, Xabi Alonso, and Arbeloa; all these players are placed alongside Los Blancos’ long-time prey, Cristiano Ronaldo.

For most Madridistas, the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the club is a source of pride, amazement, and a dream come true for all parties.

After the collapse of the Portuguese’s summer transfer move from Manchester to Madrid last year, many thought that the relationship between the two clubs was so damaged that Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream move to Real Madrid was forever dead.

And with all the “I love Man United” comments coming out from the mouth of Cristiano Ronaldo, it seemed hard to imagine the 2009/2010 football season with the current World Player of the Year out of Old Trafford but at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But as Cristiano Ronaldo had stated time and times again last season, the football career of the grown kid from Madeira was in the hands of the future.

After Manchester United’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Rome, rumors over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with the Red Devils grew louder and louder. Then on a morning, it was announced that Manchester United had accepted a fee of £ 80 million from Los Blancos to sell their ace, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Praises quickly began to fell on the man of the moment, Florentino Perez. The Spanish giants president received admiration amid criticism from all over the world. The simple question that filled the thoughts of some amazed football supporters who couldn’t believe the reality was “How did Perez do that?”

In the newspapers, on TV, on radio, and over the internet, the media kept declaring that “Florentino Perez has signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid”.

Was this a true statement?

The one that spent weeks and even months sweating to make a mega move for the Portuguese winger now claims to be the man behind Florentino Perez’s achievement. In other words, Real Madrid’s former President, Ramon Calderon, proudly declared that HE signed Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking to the media this week, the 58-year-old declared:

“Cristiano Ronaldo, as everyone now knows, was hired during my tenure (as president),

“I gave €115 million to the club and €100 million of benefits that have allowed the president (Florentino Perez) to make the purchases made.”

Whereas Manuel Pellegrini is calmly working on setting infinite peace in Real Madrid’s unpopular dressing rooms, the fight goes on behind the scenes between the irritated Calderon and the majestic Florentino Perez.

The truth of who signed Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid will forever remain a matter of justice.

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