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11.09.2015 » Florentino Pérez: "You can't think of a Real Madrid without Ronaldo"

Miguel Veloso scores late winner for Portugal

It's now been a 6-year run since Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid and if there's anything no one can contest is the fact that the Portuguese star has always been a crucial element in the team. With 3 years left in his contract, Florentino Pérez believes Ronaldo will end up staying in Madrid until 2018.

Florentino Pérez granted an extensive interview earlier this week to Cadena Cope and to the "Partido de Las 12" radio show in Spain, in which he clearly stood up for his team's crown jewel, the Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid president assured that Ronaldo still plays a vital role in the Merengues' project for both the present and the future, as he sent out a clear message for PSG, Manchester United or any other club interested in signing him. Pérez stated that whoever wants to get their hands on Ronaldo, should simply get ready to come up front with his buyout clause of 1 billion euros, and that's before even thinking of engaging into any serious talks...

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Cadena Cope: "Rumors say that PSG will keep coming after Cristiano Ronaldo. Do they have any chances of signing him?"

Pérez: "Actually, it's all very simple. They only have to pay the exact fee in his release buyout clause [1 billion euros]. In the present day, it's impossible to think about a Real Madrid team without Cristiano Ronaldo. However and like Bernabéu said once, this is all part of a big equation. We don't even think about selling him now. He's the best player in the world", affirmed Florentino when defending the idea that Ronaldo still has important things to do in Madrid.

Cadena Cope: "Do you like Lionel Messi?"

Pérez: "Yes, of course. But I like Cristiano Ronaldo a lot more!", instantly replied the man responsible for the "Galácticos" era in Madrid.

Cadena Cope: "What do you think of Bale playing on the left wing?"

Pérez: "In my time, left-footed people played on the left, but those are decisions I don't want to get involved in."

Florentino Pérez next to Cristiano Ronaldo, both wearing reading glasses

Cadena Cope: "Real Madrid didn't sign any star this summer. Do you think this squad is still missing someone?"

Pérez: "There wasn't anyone available in the market better than our current players. We already improved our team with Kovacic, Casemiro and Danilo. It's hard to manage everyone's ego when you got such a good group of players around you. If we had signed another #9, that would have upset a lot of people like Jesé or Isco. And Benítez was well aware of that..."

Cadena Cope: "Do you think Gareth Bale can reach Ronaldo's level since they were signed for a very similar value?"

Pérez: "They are both great players, but we'll probably see clubs beating those transfer values right next summer. I don't know if we'll keep being the richest club in the world for too long either, since we're seeing a lot of powerful people investing their money in other clubs. I have a clear conscience though and I know that whenever I end up leaving Madrid, I'll leave the club in a very good situation. We have to keep pleasing our fans and followers around the world in order to keep growing and winning in the future", commented the 68-year old business man, who still has 2 years left in his mandate as Real Madrid president.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game will be for Real Madrid, on September 12 of 2015, against Espanyol. You can watch Juventus live stream, Espanyol vs Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, Manchester United vs Liverpool, Everton vs Chelsea, and Arsenal vs Stoke City, all matches provided from our live sports game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Espanyol vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (12-09-2015):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 22:00
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 21:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 19:30
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 16:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 15:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 11:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 10:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 07:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / cope.es / espnfc.us / marca.com / theguardian.com

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid in 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo saying no with his right hand

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