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I Prefer Wearing A White Jersey - Ronaldo - Goal.com

Portugal and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped another bombshell as he insists he likes wearing a white football kit. The midfield magician looked back on his performance following his side’s 3-1 win over the Czech Republic as they book their place in the quarter finals. As opposed to their usual red kit, Portugal wore their white away kit, and Ronaldo did not let the opportunity pass to make another bid for a Bernabeu move.He believes his side can go on and win the tournament, but what caught more attention was the remark that he likes playing in white as he drops an ironic hint to Real Madrid. “I really like playing in a white football kit, the white national kit that is,” Ronaldo told Marca.“I am really happy with my goal, when you score against Cech it makes you feel even better. "I am in good shape and training well but the best is yet to come.”Ronaldo also spoke about his side’s chances.“Our main aim was to get to next phase. I'm very happy to have helped my team-mates to win,” said Ronaldo "We played very well, although the Czech Republic played very well in the first half. "It was very difficult to penetrate their defence. Portugal have played well in the first match and well again in this match as a team. "We know how to sacrifice everything for the good of the team. We have now got a big chance but must respect our opponents because they too have a mission - they want to win as we do.” Portugal will play Switzerland in their last group A game on Sunday and then they will play the group B runner up which is likely to be Croatia.

FIFA Go With Madrid On Ronaldo - Goal.com

FIFA have told Manchester United in no uncertain terms to quit complaining about Real Madrid’s attempts to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford…

The Red Devils lodged an official complaint last week regarding the manner in which los Merengues have approached the Portugal superstar, who spurred his country to victory against the Czech Republic yesterday.Sir Alex Ferguson and co believe the Spanish giants have been tapping-up their prize winger, with recent revelations suggesting Real have been in contact with Ronaldo and his agent for several months.But los Blancos have refused to admit to any foul play on their part – and world football’s governing body has sided with the La Liga champions.A spokesman for the FIFA executive committee said: “United’s chances of getting Real punished are zero. “I think everyone knows that these things go on in football but proving any wrongdoing is next to impossible. “Real are very powerful and I don’t think they’ll be too worried about United’s claims.” MickeyThe sordid saga has not been helped by the man in the middle of it all, as Ronaldo has failed to commit his future one way or the other.And ex-United winger Gordon Hill believes the 23-year-old's behaviour on and off the pitch has made a mockery of the club and its traditions.“It looks like there’s been something cooking for months,” he said. “What pees me off is that meanwhile they grab the shirt and they grab the badge. That takes the mickey.”Getting back to the issue at hand, with FIFA having washed their hands off this subject, and Ronaldo and Madrid keen on the reunion (as apparent from their daily reminders), the chances of Manchester United holding on to the winger are growing slimmer by the day.

Ronaldo agents unhappy Man Utd unwilling to discuss new contract
tribalfooball.com - June 09, 2008

The agents of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo are unhappy with the lack of interest from the club to open new contract talks.
The Daily Mail says FIFA received a strongly-worded official complaint from United chief executive David Gill yesterday over Real Madrid's blatant and persistent attempts to lure Ronaldo.

His advisers, though, are unimpressed by Gill's stance that there is no chance of Ronaldo's £120,000-a-year contract being re-drawn only a year after his last pay rise. And Sir Alex Ferguson has no plans to fly to Switzerland for a showdown with the player.

Man Utd legend Cantona: Ronaldo should stay
tribalfooball.com - June 09, 2008

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says Cristiano Ronaldo should stay at Old Trafford.

He said of the latest man to wear the famous number seven jersey: "We all want - all the fans of United want - the best players to play for United.

"He's the best player in the world so we all want him to stay at United but if he wants to leave I think United will still win things."

Cantona believes that will apply far into the future, adding: "United is the biggest club in the world, they will win things generation after generation.

"They won things, are winning things and will continue to win things whoever is playing for them."

Cantona fancies Man Utd manager's job
tribalfootball.com - June 09, 2008

Eric Cantona admits he fancies succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.
Speaking at an event to promote a £2.5million television advert for Partouche-Betting.com, Cantona said: "In the near future, maybe when I will be the manager of England they will have a chance to win something.

"Manager of Manchester first, if I can, and then manager of England. With United, I'll win many things!"

Man Utd confident of case against Real Madrid
tribalfootball.com - June 10, 2008

Manchester United have dismissed Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon's claims they have no evidence that the Spanish club are chasing Cristiano Ronaldo unlawfully.

United reported Real to world governing body FIFA on Monday, claiming the Spanish giants were attempting to unsettle Ronaldo, who has hardly helped matters by following up ambiguous statements over his future with a declaration on a Brazilian website that he wished to leave Old Trafford.

The European champions have treated Ronaldo's statements with a large degree of suspicion and prefer to speak with the player face-to-face.

However, as that will not happen until after Euro 2008, United felt they had little option other than to pursue the matter through FIFA given the continued expressions of appreciation by Real over Ronaldo.

And, though Real president Ramon Calderon has protested his club's innocence, this has cut little ice with United, who are happy to let FIFA reach their judgment.

Calderon said: "It is United's right (to complain) but we have not done anything wrong and we are not going to do anything.

"It is a matter for the player and his club."

Arsenal legend Wright slates "no class" Ronaldo
tribalfooball.com - June 10, 2008

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has slammed Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo over his behaviour regarding Real Madrid's interest.
In his column for The Sun, Wright wrote: "As a player, there's no doubt what you're capable of. As a man, you're not showing any class whatsoever.

"You're also failing to show any respect to either Alex Ferguson or the Manchester United fans.


"To be honest, I'm embarrassed for you.

"You're now 23 and you should not be acting quite so immature.

"You've been at Old Trafford for five years but it's only the last two seasons you've set the place on fire.

"Previous to that, Fergie stuck with you. Despite your diving and despite the fact you would always try to take on a defender rather than pass to a team-mate. When you acted a right winker at the World Cup two years ago, your club manager once again showed extreme loyalty to you, along with United's fans.

"They could have turned on you after your behaviour during the England match in Germany but they didn't.

"You've now become one hell of a player - the best on this planet. I'd pay just to see you warm-up, let alone play a game.

"But with the drop of a hat, it seems you're ready to join Real Madrid."

Real Madrid to open with £60M bid for Man Utd's Ronaldo
tribalfootball.com - June 10, 2008

Real Madrid are ready to make a first offer of the summer for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Times says sources in Madrid indicated last night that Real will offer United a fee in the region of £60 million for Ronaldo after Portugal are eliminated from the tournament, or, if they reach the final, after June 29.

Ramon Calderon, the Real president, is said to be delighted by the developments of the past three weeks, with Ronaldo voicing his long-suspected desire to move to the Spanish champions. Real hope that the player will force United's hand by requesting a transfer when his involvement in the tournament is over.

Man Utd demand Ronaldo stick to preseason schedule
tribalfootball.com - June 10, 2008

Manchester United will warn Cristiano Ronaldo about staying away from preseason training.

The Sun says United want the Real Madrid target to report at their Carrington base three weeks after Portugal play their last match at Euro 2008.

If he is not, they will start disciplinary action against the £110,000-a-week ace.

Yesterday, United announced they have complained to FIFA over Real's constant courting of their star winger.

United refuse to pander to Ronaldo's claims he wants a move to Madrid.

Boss Alex Ferguson will not fly to Portugal's training base to speak to Ronaldo nor has he tried to contact him by phone.

As far as Fergie is concerned the player is under contract to United - and that is the way it stays.

Chelsea's Carvalho tells Ronaldo: Sometimes a new challenge is good
tribalfooball.com - June 10, 2008

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has steered clear of transfer talk over his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Carvalho said of the Manchester United star: "He has to make his decision.

"Sometimes a new challenge is good but he has to make that decision. I can't say much about this."

Man Utd dismiss buyout clause claims for Ronaldo
tribalfooball.com - June 10, 2008

Manchester United have dismissed Spanish claims that Cristiano Ronaldo's current contract carries a buyout clause.

The Daily Mail says Spanish sources claimed yesterday that Real, notwithstanding an official complaint to FIFA from vexed United, had tabled a £70million offer for the 23-year-old Portugal winger - the figure widely believed in Spain to match a release clause in Ronaldo's contract.

United vehemently deny such a clause exists as they follow a strict policy of excluding any such clause from their deals with players.


Ferguson wants Man Utd to hand Ronaldo new £150,000-a-week contract
tribalfootball.com - June 10, 2008

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants his board to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a new £150,000-a-week contract.

The Daily Mail says chief executive David Gill has steadfastly refused to buckle in the face of continued pressure from Real Madrid but Ronaldo's advisers believe the problem can be resolved by a simple renegotiation of the four-year deal he signed last summer.

That would involve increasing his pay from £120,000 a week and adding an improved image rights package.

Real's shameless pursuit of Ronaldo was not unexpected and the player's camp clearly expected him to be offered a pay rise, especially in the light of a 42-goal wonder season that saw him scoop all the player of the year awards.

His advisers were utterly dismayed when Gill made it plain that there would be no negotiations this summer.


Real Madrid SNAPPED in conversation with Man Utd's Ronaldo
tribalfooball.com - June 10, 2008

Real Madrid fitness coach Valter di Salvo has been photographed in conversation with Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Sun has published the photos, stating they show Ronaldo secretly meeting Di Salvo in Rome.

Di Salvo worked with Ronaldo for three seasons at Old Trafford, where they formed a strong bond.

Sources close to Ronaldo insisted at the time it was a chance meeting as the Portugal winger took a two-day break in the Italian capital.

Yet the full picture only now begins to emerge because we can reveal Di Salvo, who controversially left United last summer to join Madrid, gave the Spanish giants a FULL report on Ronaldo.

In it were all his observations of the United superstar during their time together at Old Trafford - precious information about his lifestyle, fitness, diet and personality.

Glazers assure Man Utd boss Ferguson he'll get Ronaldo cash
tribalfooball.com - June 11, 2008

The Glazer family has assured Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson that if they're forced to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, he will get the fee raised to fund his own transfer plans.

The Telegraph says United remain adamant that Ronaldo will not be sold this year and the club's American owners are backing Ferguson's hardline stance, but sources at Old Trafford have also dismissed suggestions that they would consider using a potential £75million transfer fee to help pay off the club's debts.

Despite still owing in excess of £600million following the Glazers' controversial takeover, United's enormous turnover means that the debt can be serviced within their existing financial structure.


Calderon brands Man Utd comments "grotesque"
tribalfootball.com - June 11, 2008

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has turned up the heat on their row with Manchester United.
After United reported Real to FIFA over their crass pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, Calderon launched a bitter attack on Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz.

The Sun says Calderon is furious at boss Fergie for linking Madrid with former Spanish dictator Franco and United No 2 Queiroz for saying Portugal kicked the Spaniards out of their country.

The Real supremo bleated: "It seems grotesque to talk about Franco and the occupation of Portugal. It wasn%uFFFDt a very fortunate thing to say.

"It is Man U right to complain but Real Madrid have done nothing irregular and we will never do that.

"We've not interfered and we won't interfere.

"It's impossible that they have proof of the contrary because it's something that has not happened. It's a matter between the player and his club."

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