Florentino: Man Utd's Ronaldo can be new Beckham for Real Madrid

Florentino Perez is convinced Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo can be his new David Beckham at Real Madrid.

Florentino Perez is convinced Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo can be his new David Beckham at Real Madrid.

“When Beckham arrived,” said Perez, “our sponsors significantly raised their payments to us and we rescued the finances of the club. What happened in the last few years is that the club did not reinvest in the type of players to continue with that model. I want to put that right.”

He cited the appeal of Ronaldo to sponsors: “If Cristiano Ronaldo comes in, we would have a Nike-endorsed player putting on an adidas shirt every week. In the previous time, we established a model which allowed us to pay off our debts and raise our income, and we did it by investing in great players. They brought money in, the model worked.”