Man United accept record Real bid for Ronaldo
LONDON – Manchester United have accepted a world record bid of 80 million pounds ($131.7 million) from Real Madrid for Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, the English champions said yesterday. United, who fended off the Spanish club’s interest in the World and European Player of the Year 12 months ago, have given the nine-times European champions the go-ahead to talk to him. “Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of 80 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid,” the club said. “At Cristiano’s request, who has again expressed his desire to leave, and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
“Matters are expected to be concluded by June 30.” Real Madrid confirmed they had made an offer for Ronaldo. “The club expects to reach an agreement with the player in coming days,” Real said in a statement. Should Real complete the signing of the 24-year-old it would seal a remarkable double for the Spanish giants who snapped up Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Milan this week for a fee reported to be around 68 million euros. Kaka was the first player to be signed since Florentino Perez returned to the presidency this month and Real Madrid appear intent on continuing their spending spree.
FIFA Confederations Cup on TVR
During June 14-29, the Romanian Television will air, live, from South Africa, the football games from FIFA Confederations Cup, edition 2009. The teams from the two groups are: South Africa, Iraq, New Zealand, Spain (in Group A), Brazil, Italy, Egypt and USA (in Group B).
The football lovers from Romania can watch the matches on TVR 1, TVR 2, and TVR HD, as follows:
Sunday, June 14:
16.55 h.: South Africa – Iraq, live from Johannesburg (TVR 1 and TVR HD)
21.25 h.: New Zealand – Spain, live from Rustenburg (TVR 1 and TVR HD)
23.10 h.: South Africa – Iraq retransmission on TVR 2