London, June 19 (ANI): Football great Bobby Charlton has branded the 80 million pound price tag for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo as "vulgar".
Spanish giants Real Madrid have agreed to pay the huge fee for Ronaldo in a deal that should be signed next week.
United legend and football director Charlton admitted it was a ridiculous amount of money. "It's a lot of money, it's crazy really. If you want to be in the race, you have to pay the price. It seems sometimes a little bit vulgar."
"But, nevertheless, that is business, I'm afraid. We have responsibilities to our company and fans - and it was decided that Ronaldo could go. It's an enormous fee. We will be better for it," The Sun quoted him, as saying. harlton insists there will be no hard feelings when Ronaldo cuts his ties with United and agrees his move to Real.
That could happen as early as this weekend as the Portuguese winger is due back from his American holiday. And Charlton admits only time will tell whether boss Alex Ferguson was right to let him go.
"Ronaldo always dreamed about playing for Real Madrid, so if he leaves us, it's with our blessing.
But you never know if you've made the right decision until the start of the season," Charlton said. (ANI)