Ronaldo would cost ‘£350m’ in today’s transfer market, talkSPORT pundits say Brazil, Inter Milan and Real Madrid legend ‘worth more than Kylian Mbappe and Neymar’

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The sums of money currently at stake at the top level of world football are absolutely mind-boggling – but they would be astronomical had one of football’s greatest ever been at their peak now.

That’s according to a former Premier League striker who thinks Brazil legend Ronaldo would be the most expensive player in the world if he played today.

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Ronaldo is considered one of football’s greatest strikers – but how much would he be worth in today’s money?

With billionaire owners, venture capitalists and state-owned football clubs, it’s easy to see why transfer fees have easily hit the nine-figure mark.

Players such as Jack Grealish, Joao Felix, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann have all made big money in recent years.

Meanwhile, as Paris Saint-Germain travel for Kylian Mbappe [£165million] and Neymar [£200million] really set the benchmark for the World’s Best Players award.

Such inflated transfer fees have really got fans talking about the value of legendary football figures in today’s market.

Ronaldo is a star who would undoubtedly be worth a fortune these days.

The Brazilian striker is considered one of the greatest number nines of all time, having shone for PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan, as well as 62 goals for his country .

Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest strikers of all time

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Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest strikers of all time


Forwards are the most valuable assets in the game, but how much would the Brazilian legend be worth today?

talkSPORT hosts Charlie Austin and Andy Goldstein have delivered their verdict on Drivetime, with the QPR striker delivering a record-breaking rating.

I have a number that everyone is going to go crazy over, but I have a number,” Austin said.

“Neymar left for £198m, R9 [Ronaldo] is expected to be £350million.

Charlie Austin knows what it takes to be a top striker

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Charlie Austin knows what it takes to be a top striker

Goldstein replied: “Yes, I left for £325m.

“You could say that Ronaldo is the greatest centre-forward of all time. You could have that argument.

“It’s not couldhe East“, said Austin. “R9 is number one!”

“If you’re talking about strikers scoring goals, then Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record, that’s all I’m saying,” Manchester United fan Goldstein added.

“I would say if Man United, who are a few players away, if they had form in form, in their R9 pump, then you could argue they would be tough. He’s such a good player.

Ronaldo was strong, quick and clinical in front of goal, making him a true all-around threat

Ronaldo was strong, quick and clinical in front of goal, making him a true all-around threat

This is not unfamiliar territory for Ronaldo, who was twice the most expensive player in world football, although the world of transfers was very different back then.

He was only the second player to break the transfer record twice, after fellow countryman Diego Maradona.

The first of Ronaldo’s record moves was when Barcelona paid £13.5million to sign him from PSV in 1996.

The Brazilian ultimately only spent one season at the Nou Camp, plundering 47 goals in 49 games – a form that helped him lift the Ballon d’Or later that year – before contract complications arose. allow Inter to rush.

Ronaldo stunned in his only season in a Barcelona shirt, which saw him break the transfer record twice with back-to-back moves.

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Ronaldo stunned in his only season in a Barcelona shirt, which saw him break the transfer record twice with back-to-back moves.

The Italian giants paid out £19.5million [$27m] to sign it, which seems like a pittance – it was anything but at the time.

In fact, when adjusted for inflation, this transfer fee would make Ronaldo the most expensive modern player in the world.

It was recently calculated that the transfer would have cost £383million in today’s money.

So it seems that the talkSPORT duo Austin and Goldstein were still a bit off their estimates…

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Max: Bearing in mind that in 2002 he left for £46m, which was astronomical at the time, Charlie hit the nail on the head because I spent £350m. If the pair’s financial game was ignored in this conversation and Man City were looking for a striker with R9 available for £350m, no one would really be laughing.

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