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Madrid would be wise to hold on to Ronaldo

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

In the hearts of fans across the world FC Barcelona has passed Real Madrid as the cream of the crop in La Liga. Barca boasts the three-time reigning player of the year in magician Lionel Messi, who some believe is the best player of all time this early in his football life. They have taken the crown in La Liga for three straight years, and the squad is perhaps one of the best to have ever graced the pitch in any land. And yet, Barca rests five points and three victories behind their neighbors to the southwest. With a chance to unseat Barca as the kings of Spain, shouldn’t Real Madrid be looking to add talent, and to make a major run during the remainder of the season?

One would think so, but rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to his erstwhile stomping grounds in England to play once again for Manchester United suggest otherwise. Can such a high-profile and talent-sapping transfer truly be in the works? If Madrid really wants any shot at reclaiming the top spot in La Liga, it must be simply a football writer trying to stir the pot.

It’s true that Ronaldo, perhaps in order to benefit himself in contract negotiations or simply just to be polite, as stated to the media that “Maybe in the future [he] could return” to Man U. But that has to be where it ends, right?

Not so fast, because as is almost always the case, cash rules everything around Ronaldo. The superb striker has netted more than a goal per game during his Madrid career, and that comes after being transferred for 80 million Pounds in 2009. But the Spanish government has closed a loophole that allows foreigners to pay a much lower tax rate, and Ronaldo will see his tax levy jump from 24 percent to a whopping 54 percent! That’s a huge jump for anyone, even a supremely wealthy man like Ronaldo.

So, should Ronaldo ask for more cash to offset the tax raise, and Madrid balk, look for Real to get real, and admit defeat to Barca in short time by transferring their best asset.