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SBD Global/September 5, 2012/International Football
Cristiano Ronaldo's 'I'm Sad' Comment Causing A Stir In The Media
Published September 5, 2012
AT A BREAKING POINT: In London, Mark Ogden wrote that "while it would be simple to suggest that Ronaldo's relationship with Real is now at a breaking point, few in Spain expect him to leave." Madrid has a €1B ($1.3B) buy-out clause inserted into the Portuguese's €10M ($12.6M) annual contract, which does not expire until June '15. With that kind of buy-out clause, even Man City "will not be pursuing Ronaldo" (TELEGRAPH, 9/3). AS' Manu Sainz reported that Ronaldo "sought to calm the situation" as he met up with the Portugal squad ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Luxembourg. Ronaldo said, "Every problem has a solution" (AS, 9/4). AS' Ricky Romero reported that Barcelona spokesperson Toni Freixa "did not speak about the differences" that Ronaldo has with Real Madrid. Freixa said, "Here in Barcelona everybody is very happy." He added, "If a player wants to talk about his contract we completely understand. We will sit down and talk and there will be no conflict of any type" (AS, 9/4).
ONLINE REACTION: Sportune.fr reported that in the past 24 hours the Twitter hashtag #CristianoEstáTristePorque (#CristianoIsSadBecause) is one of the top trending hashtags in Spain. Two of the most popular re-tweeted reasons were @ceGattuso's "The price of hair gel suddenly increased 21%" and @Mr_Mosby's "There are not always mirrors in the tunnels to the locker rooms" (SPORTUNE.fr, 9/3). On Tuesday night, Ronaldo posted the following message on Facebook: "That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case. At this point, I just want to guarantee to the Real Madrid fans that my motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions will not be affected. I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of. Abrazos to all madridistas."