For most players, the comment would earn them their manager’s wrath. Telling the boss or even the president of your club who to buy, is the fastest way to the exit door. But then Cristiano Ronaldo is not ‘most players’.
The 32-year-old Portuguese legend took a leaf out of Neymar Jr’s book and told Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, that the club should sign his fellow countryman William Carvalho, reports the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder is the player in question with Ronaldo singing his praises to the Bernabeu bosses. While there is plenty of competition for places in the Real midfield, like the rest of the squad they are underperforming this season. The defending champions currently sit seven points behind league leaders Barcelona.
It’s high praise indeed for Carvalho but with it comes a weight of expectation. The words of a legend will be heard in not just the corridors of power but also the stands. The home fans in the Bernabeu hold notoriously high expectations of players and are not slow to make their feelings known.
Real’s interest creates problems for West Ham. The Hammers claimed they were close to signing the Portuguese international last summer but the prospective deal disintegrated into acrimony with the Sporting heirarchy using social media to voicve their displeasure with David Sullivan, co-owner of the London club.
If Perez follows Ronaldo’s advice, the already slim prospects for Carvalho moving to the London Stadium all but evaporate.