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Man United reports Real Madrid to FIFA over pursuit of Ronaldo

Man United reports Real Madrid to FIFA over pursuit of Ronaldo

Manchester United has lodged an official complaint with FIFA over Real Madrid's attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
United said Monday it had no alternative after the Spanish champion allegedly continued to pursue the Portugal winger, who has just under four years remaining on his contract.
FIFA confirmed it had received an official request from Old Trafford to investigate the issue.
Ronaldo has done little to quash the speculation while at the European Championship with Portugal and in recent weeks has repeatedly spoken of his desire to play in Spain.
Real would have to pay a world-record transfer fee for Ronaldo, who last season helped United win the Premier League and Champions League and scored a total of 42 goals.
United announced its complaint in a statement on its Web site.
"On 27 May, Manchester United made clear its intention to report Real Madrid to FIFA if it continued to involve itself in the future of Cristiano Ronaldo," United said Monday.
"Unfortunately, Real Madrid has not kept its own counsel and the club feels it has no alternative but to make a formal complaint to the world governing body, which it has done today.
"The precise content and nature will remain confidential."
United coach Alex Ferguson has been infuriated by Real's alleged heavy-handed tactics in trying to attract Ronaldo.
Ferguson has said U.S. sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer, whose family bought United in 2005, isn't prepared to sell Ronaldo to a European rival.
"I've had a couple of meetings with the Glazers," Ferguson said last month. "Their attitude is, 'To hell with them.'
"They'd sit a player in the stand, I'm telling you, absolutely no doubt about it, just to prove a point. Not to give in to these people."


Updated : 2021-06-20 04:57 GMT+08:00