Saturday, January 10, 2009

Marcotti guilty of instigating Ronaldo to Madrid reports?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have little time for our sports writers, but I'm almost always fascinated by Gabriele Marcotti's depth of knowledge on the European scene. So it was with some interest that I read his latest report in The Times yesterday in which he claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has, according to reports in Spain, agreed to join Real Madrid at some point. There's nothing new about this story, United fans are sick and tired of it, as is Fergie who recently said he wouldn't sell the Spanish club a virus.

Despite the fact Ronaldo's form has dipped this season, I along with many fans want to see the player committing his future to United and fresh talk of a move to Madrid is not welcome, as tiresome as it is.

In a bid to seek out the original source of this latest story I have been trawling the net. My first port of call was the tissue of lies and half-truths that is Marca.com, but the only reference to the story is a link to Marcotti's piece in The Times. There's no mention of the story in El Mundo. Further which it seems that the story has indeed been created by Marcotti and or a Daily Mail hack. Spanish football sports.

It could well be the case that the story has come by way of Marcotti's European links and for whatever reason the author decided that the origin of the report was Spain. However, if Marcotti has penned the story, it seems a bit odd that he isn't claiming an exclusive. Could it be the case that The Times does not want to been seen as an English version of Marca?

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