Once the world's most expensive player himself, Cristiano Ronaldo has now spoken out against the increasingly large transfer fees being paid in football today.
The Juventus superstar was talking to Portuguese television network TV1 recently when he was asked about the massive sums of money that were being spent in football.
Ronaldo shared his view that players' prices in the modern game are inflated, and that compatriot Joao Felix, who recently joined Atletico Madrid for €126 million (R2.1 billion), is the one of the few exceptions who is worth his price tag.
"It is difficult to make calculations in current football. You gamble a lot on the potential and the football industry is different," Ronaldo said, as reported by Marca.
"Leaving aside the case of Joao Felix, any player is worth €100 million, even without having shown anything."
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner accepts that massive deals are part of the game now, but does not necessarily agree with the amounts of money being thrown around.
"There is more money in football. A central (defender) and a goalkeeper can be worth €70 or €80 million. I do not agree, but this is the world we live in and must be respected," he added.
Ronaldo joined the Bianconeri in 2018 for an initial fee of €100 million (R1.6 billion), potentially rising to €112 million (R1.8 billion).
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