Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ronaldo: I Want to Live in Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have ended weeks of speculation by announcing his desire to live in Madrid, and play for one of the local football teams there.

"It is my dream to live in Madrid," he said, shortly after Portugal were sent packing from Euro 2008 by Germany. "I have always said this, but it is not up to only me."

Real Madrid Football Club are said to be preparing a record-breaking fee for the high-scoring midfielder, who won the last two Premier League titles and this season's Champions League with Manchester United.

"I like to eat lunch outside, at cafes and places like that," Ronaldo said. "In Madrid there are many such places."

Asked if he thought there was any chance he was making a mistake by leaving the European Champions for a team that has been unable to get past the first knockout round of the Champions League for five years, Ronaldo said, "Have you seen the cafes?"

United will only allow Ronaldo to leave if the price is right. The player is expected to sign a 10-year contract worth a staggering 300k per week, after which he will join LA Galaxy.

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