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Could have sold CR7 for £150m: Fergie

Cristiano Ronaldo

London: Alex Ferguson has revealed he told Manchester United chief executive David Gill to place a £150 million price tag on Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano joined the Spanish giants in 2009 from Manchester United for what was then a world-record fee of £80million but Ferguson believes Real president Florentino Perez would have paid more than twice that amount to bring the current World Player of the Year to Bernabeu. “I told David Gill to ask for £150 million. Perez would have paid.”

But the former manager’s pleas fell on deaf ears. “The only thing that hurt me, and I said this repeatedly to David Gill, was that we didn’t demand enough. I told David, ‘Ask for £150m.’ ‘Don’t be silly,’ he said. ‘They’ll never pay that.’”

But last summer, Real broke the world transfer record again by spending a reported £85 million on Wales winger Gareth Bale, which prompted Ferguson to ask, ‘What if?’

“I still keep asking myself what Perez would have said if we had asked for £150m. Considering they signed Bale for £85 million, I believe they would have agreed to pay between £80 and £150 million.

“I am sure, because I know that Perez knew perfectly the quality of the player he was getting, as shown by Cristiano’s stats at United.

“That is the only disappointing aspect. Nevertheless, Cristiano left with my blessing and we received a fair amount.”