Andy Gray: Cristiano Ronaldo owes us all an explanation
Cristiano Ronaldo's refusal to disclose why he feels "sad" at Real Madrid has caused an unnecessary stir, writes Andy Gray
Cristiano Ronaldo has kicked up a bit of a fuss with his comments after refusing to celebrate scoring two goals at the weekend but the only thing ‘sad’ about his situation at Real Madrid is that he hasn’t explained to people why he has done it.
There is no need to walk about with a face like a smacked baby’s bottom when he is scoring goals for one of the most iconic clubs in world football – do me a favour.
But Cristiano thinks about Cristiano first and foremost, and maybe it’s the Kevin Pietersen syndrome of ‘it’s all about me’.
There have been suggestions that he feels unloved by the Madrid supporters but Cristiano is adored by them.
However, when he does things like this they are entitled to boo because they are paying money every game to watch him and are supplementing his wages.
He is what he is – an unbelievably talented footballer – but I just wish he would let everyone know what the problem is.
He has said that it will all come out in the future but he owes it to the Real Madrid fans in particular to tell them why he is upset now.
If this dispute is not about money then fine, say that. If it is not because he didn’t win the Uefa Best Player in Europe award, then say that.
He just needs to tell the people why he is upset with a club that pays him £20m-a-year, where he is idolised by millions of people.
It’s one of the things that disappoints me about the modern game and the modern footballer, that he can make waves like this and then just leave everybody hanging – I don’t understand it.
Whether this is first step towards a return to the Premier League I don’t know but it would cost somebody £100m to get Cristiano out of Madrid mid-contract.
The only time you would get him cheaply is at the end of his contract, and you would still have to pay a few bob.
Right now when he’s got three years to go, if anybody was interested you are talking about financing a deal that would cost about £200m in transfer fees and wages
That’s very difficult to do in the Premier League, even for Manchester City and Chelsea, but in particular Manchester United, who wouldn’t be able to afford that.
Yes, United would love to get Cristiano back but there is no way that they would be able to pay that kind of money.