This may be remembered as the summer of player power.
Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking via his minions, says he has made an "irrevocable" decision to leave Spain and Real Madrid. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who only became old enough to legally buy alcohol in Europe last February, turns down a contract extension that would have made him one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sit tight as their contracts tick down towards free agency at Arsenal. Marco Verratti's...
The transfer window is upon us and there are plenty of big-name players who are being linked with moves. But how much would they cost?
The CIES Football Observatory research team has developed a unique approach to estimate the transfer value of players on a scientific basis. The model includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones.
Sir Alex Ferguson once famously said he would not sell Real Madrid "a virus" when the Spanish club was attempting to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish capital during the 2008-09 season. Eight years later, it seems the same virus could be the cure to Manchester United's ills, with the Portuguese superstar reportedly hankering after a move back to the Premier League.
Rumours surrounding Ronaldo's future remain nothing more than conjecture but a little fuel was added to the fire on Sunday when...
Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos have made phone calls to Cristiano Ronaldo to try to convince him to stay at the Bernabeu -- while at the same time Pepe is trying to convince him to leave, according to Marca.
Where Cristiano Ronaldo will play his football next season is up for grabs. Whether the tax case against him will be proven or resolved is, also, a matter for conjecture. What is hard fact, however, is that Real Madrid's record goalscorer, their triple Champions League winner and first Ballon D'Or winner for football played while at the Santiago Bernabeu since Alfredo Di Stefano in 1959 is royally upset with his club and much of what surrounds it.