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I Could Have Been Worth €300m, Says Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo "does not agree" with the money being spent on young players in the modern game

I Could Have Been Worth €300m, Says Cristiano Ronaldo
In this July 29, 2019 file photom Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo speaks in Madrid, Spain.
I Could Have Been Worth €300m, Says Cristiano Ronaldo
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2019-08-21T16:49:37+0530

Cristiano Ronaldo believes a 25-year-old version of himself would be worth up to €300million in today's transfer market. (Football News)

Juventus splashed out €112m including add-ons when they signed the Portugal captain from Real Madrid in 2018.

Only five players – Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho – have commanded larger fees.

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Two members of the quintet made their mega-money moves as teenagers and Ronaldo, now 34, has reservations about the increasing prices for youngsters who are yet to prove themselves at the top level.

"Today there is a lot of focus on potential and the football industry is different," the superstar forward told Portuguese broadcaster TVI.

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"I'll put the case of Joao Felix aside. Nowadays any player is worth €100m, even without proof. There is more money in football.

"Central defenders and goalkeepers are worth €70million, €80million.

"I do not agree with it, but this is the world we live in. The market is like that, we have to respect it."

Ronaldo formerly held the all-time transfer fee record after Madrid forked out €94m to prise him away from Manchester United in 2009.

Asked how much he would be worth aged 25 in modern terms, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner replied: "It is hard to calculate.

"If a goalkeeper is worth €75m, a player who has done what I had must be worth three to four times more. Easy.

"But I have no such illusion."

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