Real Madrid Can Can Kaka with Cheap Price, but …
Jorge Valdano claims that his former club, Real Madrid, could have bought Ricardo Kaka at a low price.
The opportunity was open when Kaka entered the Brazil squad at the 2002 World Cup. At the time, Valdano served as general manager.
He watched Kaka’s performance as Brazil won 5-2 over Costa Rica in the final Group C game. The player only got 18 minutes at that time but was considered to show great talent.
“At the end of the game, I told President Florentino Perez, ‘We can get a great player for 12 million euros (now about Rp 183 billion), and in another four years, the price could reach 60 million euros,'” Valdano said.
Valdano’s advice was ignored by Perez. The patron reluctant to release the offer for players who are considered less popular.
“The answer from Perez is hard to forget for me, saying, ‘Wait until it’s 60 million euros,'” Valdano said.
Sure enough, Real Madrid have to spend money of 65 million euros to recruit Kaka from AC Milan in the transfer market summer of 2013.
At that time, Kaka status as the second most expensive player in the world after Zinedine Zidane, who valued 75 million euros by Real Madrid in 2001.
Different attitudes shown Perez now. He dared to pour 45 million euros for the 16-year-old Vinicius Junior, from Flamengo.
According to Valdano, Perez’s decision to dare to sacrifice for Vinicius is motivated by changes in transfer market conditions.
“It’s hard for the club to wait for the player to mature as the winner of the Ballon d’Or, then buy him because you are Real Madrid.” Premier League clubs can also reach great talents, “Valdano said.
In addition to Vinicius, Real Madrid also bought Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid for 30 million euros in the summer of 2017.