Kaka's failure to find a new club scuppered Real Madrid plans of upgrading Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, it has been revealed. AS says Real planned to fund Ronaldo's pay-rise by selling Kaka this summer.

But with the Brazilian remaining in Madrid, Real 's money-men cannot find the extra funds needed to meet Ronaldo's demands.

Interestingly, Kaka's situation not only affected Ronaldo's contract talks. Money also wasn't available to Real's basketball team to sign a new centre!