Ronaldo Decries Outrageous Prices Of Defenders

England International, Harry Maguire set another world record price for defenders when he secured a move to Manchester United worth £80million.

However, former Manchester United player, Cristiano Ronaldo who was the most expensive player when he secured an £80million switch to Real Madrid from United in 2009 thinks prices for defenders are becoming overly outrageous.

Ronaldo has now seen that deal drop out of the ten most expensive moves due to recent summer buys.

While Maguire is the latest to hit the headlines, he is only one name out of an increasingly long list of inflation of prices for world class defenders and goalkeepers in recent years.

Ajax youngster and captain in the Dutch giants heroic UCL run in the last campaign  Matthijs de Ligt joined Italian giants, Juventus for a £67.5million fee while Lucas Hernandez also secured a £70million move to Bayern from Atletico Madrid.

These fees follow the benchmark set by 2019 Balon D’Or contender, Virgil Van Dijk who moved to Liverpool from Southampton last summer for a fee of £75million.

Liverpool also splashed £56million on securing a switch for Alisson to Anfield while Chelsea had to part ways with over £70million to see Kepa Arrizabalaga play at the Stamford Bridge.

Ronaldo says players now go for ridiculous fees “even without showing anything”. He reckons that though he respects them but doesn’t quite agree with the prices for some of them.

“It’s difficult to make calculations in modern football,” Ronaldo told Portuguese channel TV1.

“[Clubs] gamble a lot on potential and the football industry is different.

“Leaving the case of Joao Felix to the side, any player can go for 100 million euros, even without showing anything.

“There is more money in football.

“A centre back and a goalkeeper can go for 70 or 80 million euros.

“I don’t agree [with it] but it’s the world that we live in and you have to respect it.”

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