A former Manchester United employee has revealed why the Red Devils parted ways with Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez in 2009.
Ronaldo and Tevez, along with Wayne Rooney, formed a formidable attacking partnership. They won the UEFA Champions League in 2007-08 and finished second in 2008-09.
However, the former United employee revealed that the Glazers were not concerned about winning trophies as they had to pay players big bonuses as a result.
The former employee added that the Americans were content to be in the UEFA Champions League rather than winning it. He told ESPN (via The Peoples Person):
“United didn’t win anything in the year after Ronaldo and Tevez left. But the rumor within the club was that the Glazers weren’t too worried because the lack of trophies meant they didn’t have not to pay big bonuses to players.”
“What mattered was being in the Champions League, rather than winning it.”
Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 to join Real Madrid for a record fee of £80million. Carlos Tevez, meanwhile, joined Manchester City after the Red Devils pulled out of a deal with the company representing Tevez, Media Sports Investments.
Ronaldo made Real Madrid history and became the club’s all-time top scorer. Tevez, meanwhile, was one of the first superstars acquired by Manchester City on their way to becoming a European powerhouse over the next decade and a half.
Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund reveals his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez
Manchester United have a new star striker in their ranks as summer signing Rasmus Hojlund has started to prove his mettle. Hojlund recently named Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol.
While the Dane also expressed his admiration for Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, Hojlund highlighted Ronaldo as the player who inspired him the most. He said (via MyKhel):
“It must be Cristiano. [Wayne] Rooney too, I think of, [Carlos] Tevez too, but Cristiano was probably the guy.”
“I remember supporting him and following him the following year as well, and following him again and watching him during the time he was at Juventus and Real Madrid as well.”
Rasmus Hojlund recently became the youngest Premier League player to score in four consecutive matches. He looks like a player who can match Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez’s goal tally for Manchester United.