Former coach of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he wanted to put a €180m price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo when the forward moved to Real Madrid.
Ferguson, speaking to Portuguese publication A Bola, said he was told it was unrealistic to expect Madrid to pay such a high sum for a player.
But in light of Madrid’s purchase of Gareth Bale last summer, Ferguson now believes Los Blancos would have stumped up the money.
It was a world record fee at the time, but it has been broken by the transfer of Gareth Bale to the Los Blancos in the summer.
Ronaldo has scored an incredible 238 goals in 233 appearances since moving to Bernabeu in 2009, and Sir Alex Ferguson has now revealed he wanted to ask for £150m for the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“I told [then Manchester United chief executive] David Gill to ask for £150m (€180m) and he told me not to be naïve.
“It bothers me that we didn’t charge enough.
“I still ask myself what Florentino Perez would have said if we had asked for £150m.”
The former Manchester United boss says he is certain that Real Madrid would have paid up to £150m for the Portuguese, which Ferguson believes was the true value for the 23-year-old by the time.
“Given that Gareth Bale moved for £85m (€100m), I believe they would have paid between £80m and £150m for Cristiano. That was very disappointing.
“If we had got £150m I would talk about it for the rest of my life.
“It would have been fabulous to receive that amount of money. Cristiano moved with my approval but we didn’t receive a fair price.”
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson ticked off another item on his bucket list as he attended the Oscars.
The retired former Manchester United manager was in jovial mood as he joined the star-studded cast of celebrities at the prestigious awards bash in Los Angeles.
And Ferguson wasn’t the only celebrity with United connections at the awards ceremony. Irina shayk – the girlfriend of former Red Devils star Cristiano Ronaldo – was also in attendance in LA.
‘I was in Row E, so it was good,’ said Fergie, stopping for a chat on the red carpet to a British news channel.
‘I had a good seat. I’ve seen most of the stars but didn’t speak to any of them.
‘I spoke to some the night before at a party in Beverley Hills.
‘I was chatting to Lupita [Nyong’o] and wished her all the best and she won.’
When he stepped down after 27 years in charge of champions United, Ferguson revealed he had a list of things he wanted to see and do with a trip to the Academy awards, right up there with his cruise around the Scottish Isles.