Ronaldo can be Beckham-style money machine for Real Madrid

Last Updated: Sun, May 31, 2009 10:00 hrs
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London: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes that ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo can be a David Beckham-style money machine for the Spanish club.

Perez, who will be the club's new president again, took David Beckham to Spain in 2003 and made the Spanish club the richest club in the world.

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Now, he is planning to build a new team of Galacticos, and reckons Ronaldo will get the cash tills ringing again, News of the World reported.

AC Milan's Kaka is Real Madrid's top target this season, but Perez wants Ronaldo as well to help reclaim their position as the world's biggest club.

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"We have to make up for lost time. When Beckham came we went from earning seven million euros a year to 45 a year through deals with our sponsors. We salvaged the situation of the club. If Cristiano Ronaldo comes, even though Nike currently sponsors him, he then puts on an Adidas shirt every week," Perez said.

"There are certain players who are very profitable because they have spectacular commercial repercussions that earn the club money. We once earned 15million euros for two games in Japan. Now they would not pay that but in that era we had Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham.

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"It'll take time to build a team like that because there are not the immediate resources but we have to bring five or six new players," he added.

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