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Bayern Reject €80m Offer For Ribery

Yahoo sports is reporting that three weeks ago that Real Madrid made a formal bid of €80m for Bayern Munich’s want-away star Franck Ribery.

Madrid President Florentino Perez has made no secret of his desire to add Ribery to his stable of stars and I expect Madrid to come back with a higher bid.

Franz Beckenbauer was quoted earlier this week as saying that Ribery would only depart the club for an offer that at least matched the €94 million Real spent on Cristiano Ronaldo.

The ball is in your court Mr. Perez. Are you willing to go to €94m for Ribery ontop of what you have already spent this summer?

Barcelona, La Liga, Real Madrid

Ronaldo v Messi Part 2

ronaldo v messiPencil in the weekend of November 28/29. That is when Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid’s high-priced roster takes on Lionel Messi and the defending Champions League Champions Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The return leg is April 10/11 at the Bernabeu.

  • 29 November FC Barcelona – Real Madrid – Buy FC Barcelona – Real Madrid Tickets
  • 11 April Real Madrid – FC Barcelona – Buy Real Madrid – FC Barcelona Tickets

It is usually the matchups between the big four in the Premier League that we look for first, but Real’s spending this summer has been unprecedented and these two La Liga giants might well be the best two teams in Europe at the moment.

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Did Madrid overpay for Kaka

kaka2Interesting article on our La Liga site last week about whether Real Madrid overpaid for Kaka and Ronaldo.

The post referenced a recent report by Frontier Economics this week. Frontier works in valuation exercises and in the sports/creative industries and recently did issued a report on what determines a footballer’s transfer fee and whether the recent transfers are worth the money being paid.

According to Frontier that the record breaking €94 million (£80million) deal for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United was at there high end of his valuation of €90million (£77million). That is about €4million (£3 million) less than what Real Madrid paid Manchester United.

La Liga, Real Madrid

Why Real Madrid can afford Kaka and Ronaldo

This is an article that recently appeared on Soccer Tickets Online but I thought it was worth repeating here.

There was an interesting article in the Times by Gabriele Marcotti on Why Real Madrid’s finances outstrip Manchester United. Marcotti went into some of the details as to why Madrid are so rich and Soccer Tickets Online reader Ariff Ridzuan provided a lot more details on where Madrid’s money comes from.

When Real Madrid’s new President Florentino Pérez announced his massive summer spending spree, the first thought I had was, how can Real Madrid afford to sign superstars like Kaka and Ronaldo? They are not owned by a Russian oligarch or Arab sheikh, so where does Real find the money to outspend everyone?

Man Utd., Real Madrid

Manchester United accept £80m Ronaldo bid

cristiano-ronaldoWell it has finally happened. Manchester United have accepted a world record offer of £80m from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. At Cristiano’s request — who has again expressed his desire to leave — and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player. Matters are expected to be concluded by June 30. The club will not comment until further notice.”

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Kaka completes Real Madrid switch

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Kaka from AC Milan on a six-year deal. The fee is reported to be about £56m, which would be a new world record in pounds sterling, surpassing the £45.6m Real paid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

Kaka, 27, revealed he has joined the Spanish club to help the Italians overcome their financial difficulties.

“I wanted to stay but the world crisis affected my decision,” he said. “I knew I’d only leave Milan to play for Real.”

The attacking midfielder, speaking after having a medical in Recife, where Brazil face Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, added:

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Why Real Madrid is so rich

real_madrid_logoThere was an interesting article in the Times by Gabriele Marcotti on Why Real Madrid’s finances outstrip Manchester United. Marcotti went into some of the details as to why Madrid are so rich and Soccer Tickets Online reader Ariff Ridzuan provided a lot more details on where Madrid’s money comes from.

When Real Madrid’s new President Florentino Pérez announced his massive summer spending spree, the first thought I had was, how can Real Madrid afford to sign superstars like Kaka and Ronaldo? They are not owned by a Russian oligarch or Arab sheikh, so where does Real find the money to outspend everyone?

Major League Soccer, Real Madrid

Real Madrid v Toronto FC August 7

Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid, as expected, has added a preseason game versus Toronto FC to its North American tour this summer. The game will be played at BMO field and could feature the debut of Kaka in a Real Madrid jersey. Ticket information for the game is not yet available, but is sure to be a sell-out.

Earlier this week, Madrid announced that they will be playing D.C. United on August 9th at FedEx Field in suburban Maryland.

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August 7: Real Madrid v Toronto FC – Buy Real Madrid v Toronto FC Tickets
August 9: Real Madrid v DC United – Buy Real Madrid v DC United Tickets

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Kaka sold to Real Madrid for $93 million

kakaAccording to a story on SI, Real Madrid has agreed on a $93 million fee with AC Milan for Brazilian star Kaka, according to Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants for years, but with former president Florentino Perez once again taking control this week, speculation has reached fever pitch.

Now, sources in Spain report that the conditions have been agreed, and Cadena SER reports that the $93 million price tag has been agreed upon by all parties.

Man Utd., Real Madrid

The Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Saga

It is getting to be that time of year again. Manchester United are in the Champions League and the rumors have begun again about Cristiano Ronaldo going to Madrid.

There is a lot of noise coming out of Spain and most of it is rubbish. As we reported on our La Liga site, Florentino Perez, the man who brought Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham to Real Madrid will announce his candidacy for the Real Madrid club presidency on Thursday. Perez is the hands down favorite to win election on June 14th.

It is the Perez candidacy that is the catalyst for the latest Ronaldo stories.