According to the British press, last Friday the owner of FC Manchester City Sheikh Mansur has delivered a bombshell that before closing the summer transfer market on the 1st of September his club will make a record transfer in the history of world football. And this sum of the transfer will considerably exceed recent transfer of the Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona to PSG for €222 million. And after this signing the team of Josep Guardiola will become one of favorites in the fight for a new title of the Club World Cup champion of Europe.
But to keep safe the intrigue the owner of Etihad Stadium didn't tell the sum of the transfer, and, above all - the name of the new owner of a record transfer.
If we mention new world record half a century ago, in 1960th , it would be possible to imagine as the hero of this transfer Pelé or Eusébio. Further in 1970th two most popular football players of the world were Gerd Müller and Johannes Cruijff. Then it was Diego Maradona and Michel Platini.
And if today we speak about new unique transfer record which is in advance announced by Sheikh Mansour, then there can be only two candidates - Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. And, right now the probability of signing, both the Argentinean, and the Portuguese is incredibly high.
LIONEL MESSI. Every time when Barcelona experiences game or squad crisis, or when the temporary head coaches were of the level of Gerardo Martino who doesn’t handle the situation, the Argentinean says that he would like to move to the team of his favorite coach Josep Guardiola.
What is happening now? The current management of Catalan club is constantly giving to the fans information about considerable strengthening of the squad. But as a result, except the holding midfielder Paulinho in China Barçelona doesn’t sign anybody.
At the same time, strong Catalan trio has completely broken up as Neymar has moved to PSG, and Luis Suárez because of a trauma won’t be playing for a long time. As a result, Leo was left alone with the players from the closest reserve. And we doubt that such future will strongly please the football player...
CRISTIANO RONALDO. And against the captain of Real the real persecution has begun in June which continues to this day. And in this situation the position of the almighty boss of the royal club Florentino Pérez is very surprising.
And if he hasn't managed to protect the captain from prosecution he is certainly able to resolve an issue with the management of football federation concerning cancellation of this absurd disqualification. But he is doing nothing, and is waiting how will his team play without the leader. So Cristiano Ronaldo has not a huge desire to change the team.
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