The fans of Atletico de Madrid have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction and disgust about the potential transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. The fans have been campaigning with the hashtag ‘ContraCR7’ (Against CR7) to make their feelings known.
The Portuguese footballer has famously played for and succeeded with Atleti’s city rivals, Real Madrid, with whom he won four Champions Leagues including beating Atletico Madrid twice in 2014 and 2016.
The 5-time Ballon D’or winner has since moved to Manchester United and is now looking to leave the Red Devils behind with the goal in mind being ‘Champions League football’. One such club has been Atleti who are reportedly interested in him.
The head coach of the Rojiblancos, Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone, is said to be very keen on the move as the Argentine coach has been looking for a target man in his set-up, a role which was fulfilled by Luis Suarez previously.
Further, CR7’s agent Jorge Mendes is said to be confident about the signing, too.
It seems Simeone doesn’t view either Joao Felix or Antoine Griezmann as suitable players for the role and would prefer a new signing, preferably, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has shown that despite his age he can still fulfil that role as he did last season with United.
The Colchoneros, however, seem very miffed at the idea of signing a former Real Madrid superstar as it would go against their code.
Added to this, fans have also suggested that one of the reasons for the opposition to the move would be the enormous wages the player would earn and the rumours that have been floating that the superstar generally disrupts the atmosphere in the dressing room.
Another reason that came up for the opposition was the striker’s age and his work-rate on the field. The enigmatic footballer is now 37 years old and admittedly has had a drop in his performances and the length of the remainder of his career seems short.
The hashtag ‘ContaCR7’ has been trending in the last two on Twitter, and only time will tell if the rumours around the move to Atleti have any basis or will dissipate as time goes on.
Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer
Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.
The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.
This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.
This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.
That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.