SO its official. No less than 60
billion million UK pounds have been placed on the table for Manchester United’s mercurial striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.
For those of you who don’t have your calculators handy, that’s the equivalent of around R1 billion in South African currency.
The question must be asked: How much can one footballer be worth on a planet where food is scarce and the people are on the streets because of the rapidly rising cost of staying alive?
It’s time that some perspective returned to world sport. The danger is that sport will soon become a target of the millions who are battling for scarce resources.
I don’t know about your calculator, but mine tells me that 60-billion quid (if that’s what you say is on the table for Ronaldo, as unlikely as it seems) is equal to about R933-billion.
I dont wanna sell him, but for that money I think we should think about it !!
60 million, not billion.
That money is nothing compared with what Real Madrid stands to make from a commercial point of view. They estimate that over a 5 year period they could make close to $500 million from merchandise etc. Not to even mention that a player of his caliber could prove to be the difference when it comes to winning trophies which means more money.
This is the reason why ManUtd will not sell for the next 2 years at least (He has 4 years left on his contract) cause they stand to make more over the next two years from a commercial point than what the transfer fee could bring right now.
60 billion pounds = nearly Rtrillion – close to our SA annual GDP and the real cost of hosting the entire 2010 World Cup.
A tad obscene, what?
Sport will become a target? Please elaborate. How would that happen?