United’s failure is a belief in the alchemy of youth

Cristiano Ronaldo

In the cold light of Manchester United’s fateful dawn one can still feel the intoxication. Like a Saturday night drunk, stirring on Sunday morning amid the cold pizza and lager cans strewn across the wreckage once called home. Yet, United’s hangover from Cristiano Ronaldo’s wild ride still throbs, blurring clear thought and obfuscating the truth. Like […]

Ronaldo’s gotta whole lotta love

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hand it to Cristiano Ronaldo; the Real Madrid forward certainly knows how to court public opinion in both Madrid and Manchester as the clock ticks down to United’s fixture with the Spanish giants next month. The Champions League Round of 16 tie will bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford for the first time since an […]

Being Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

“I’m sad, when I don’t celebrate goals it’s because I’m not happy,” said Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a brace in Real Madrid’s 3-0 defeat of Granada a week last Sunday. “It’s a professional thing. Real Madrid know why I’m not happy.” This is a drama that has dominated the Spanish press for more than a […]

The Ronaldo Money


Look behind the headlines – you know, the spin-driven articles pronouncing yet another quarter of glorious revenue growth – and Manchester United’s Q2/H1 financial statement once again paints a gaudy picture of the Glazer family’s ownership. It is a picture of a still heavily indebted club spending its profits buying back debt at an inflated […]

Who said Ronaldo is vain?

Las Falls Cristiano Ronaldo

Valencia’s Las Fallas ‘torch’ festival ended Thursday with the ritual bonfire, la cremà, of giant papier maché statues. For those familiar with Spain, the figures are common at Easter, although Valencia’s festival is an ancient pagan event. This year’s ‘participants’ included a giant Cristiano Ronaldo, complete with mirror. An appropriate mix for Valencia – an […]

Truth about Ronaldo cash – earmarked for debt

Manchester United confirmed last night what many fans have suspected – money the club made from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid is earmarked for debt. Buried within the club’s Prospectus, promoting the Glazer family’s £500 million debt swap, is the revelation that £70 million of United’s cash will be set aside for […]

Ronaldo: Nani is my heir

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo believes that compatriot Nani is the heir to his Old Trafford throne and has backed the United winger to become one of the world’s best in the coming years. Nani, who signed for United from Ronaldo’s old club Sporting Lisbon in an £17 million deal two years ago, started the games against Chelsea, […]

Ronaldo’s replacements

Antonio Valencia

Sir Alex Ferguson will have around £100 million to spend this summer after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid yesterday. The board is likely to hand him the entire £80 million fee to spend on replacements, plus money already earmarked for ongoing strengthening. But Ferguson’s challenge is not an easy one. In looking […]

It’s adieu Ronaldo as United accept bid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will finally move to Real Madrid after Manchester United’s board accepted a phenomenal £80 million bid for the player today. The offer from Madrid, which United claim is unconditional, will be the second time the Spanish side have set the world-record for a transfer fee this summer after Kaká moved to Santiago Bernabeau […]