Early in July of 2008, FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused Manchester United of holding Cristiano Ronaldo as a slave because they will not allow him to join Real Madrid. In fact, he continued by encouraging the three sides to work together saying that players in today’s game need protection.
Blatter went on to explain how forcing Ronaldo to play with Manchester against his will would act like poison on entire team and Ronaldo is seen as a small active volcano like Rinjani Mountain for others team players. He feels that transfer system is simply too unfair to those out on pitch. FIFA feels that player should have the freedom to move freely between teams. UEFA argues that this new pattern of thinking, initiated by Bosman ruling, has forced salaries to plummet.
This brings up some serious questions in a few different areas. First of all, football players are slaves? How in the world does getting paid £120,000 a week and £29 million in four years translate into slavery? Ronaldo’s home is bigger than many of the homes in England.
Let’s not mention that fine piece of metal he drives around in. As added bonus, consider some of the women he has been seen with. They require a certain amount of income to get them vaguely interested!
When was the last time you saw a slave living that sort of lifestyle? Granted, Ronaldo doesn’t have the freedom to come and go to whatever team happens to wink at him the right way, but he wasn’t concerned about that when he signed the big fat contract.