Cristiano Ronaldo: My Real Madrid Move Is A Normal Transfer
Although he is about to become the world's most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted to extinguish the euphoria that is surrounding his impending move to Real Madrid by claiming that the deal is "no different to any other", Goal.com.
The €94m fee dwarfs the previous amounts spent by Florentino Perez to bring Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane to the club.
The engineering tycoon's return has heralded the second 'Galacticos' era, with the purchase of Kaka, and now Ronaldo, causing the football universe to shiver on its axis.
But, despite the monumental nature of the transfer, the Portuguese star attempted to trivialise the significance of the move.
English tabloid The News of the World reports that the winger said of his move, "This transfer is no different to anyone else's. I expressed my desire to go to Real Madrid and the two clubs reached an agreement."
Furthermore, the player commented that he could have done more to ensure that the move had been kept more private, a factor that he regrets.
"Anything wrong with my exit was my fault, not Real Madrid's or Manchester United's. I opened my mouth and that is what caused problems between the two clubs, who acted in a proper manner.
"I could have handled things differently, and not have done everything so publicly," admitted the winger.
Goal.com reported that Ronaldo had previously said that he had wanted to go to Real Madrid last summer, believing that he had acheived everything he could with Manchester United.