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11 June 2009 @ 07:51 am
Ain't no recession in Madrid  
by Dr. Sidicious Bonesparkle

The New York Yankees earned some well-deserved criticism in the off-season when they spent a bazillion dollars on CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira and then started charging admission at the new Taj Mahal Yankee Stadium that was so exorbitant that Donald Trump couldn't afford a seat in the lower deck. Such excess, it was felt, was inappropriate during times of extreme financial hardship such as those the nation is enduring right now.

Well, move over Hank Steinbrenner. Just a few days ago Spanish futbol superpower Real Madrid ponied up a £59M transfer fee to pry Brazilian midfielder Kaka loose from AC Milan. If you don't have your currency calculator handy, that's roughly $94M US. And to be clear, that figure does not include salary. That's just Milan's take on the deal. The good news is that Kaka's weekly earnings probably won't come to more than the GDP of a mid-sized European country.

Wow. That's a record that was bound to stand for a very long time three days. Today it's been announced that those same bottomless-pocketed Los Blancos have reached an agreement to purchase Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80M - or $131.6M. Again, that doesn't include salary and benefits, which include hot and cold running hookers and unlimited use of the club's gold-plated jet.

Last we heard Real was still on the trail of Valencia's David Villa, too, but he'd be a comparative bargain with a price tag in the $50M range. However, if they're unable to land Villa, Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club plans to buy the Czech Republic.

Hey, wonder if they need a large auto manufacturer?
the enemy of fun: DT oh shitnonelvis on June 11th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ridiculous sums of money aside -- and those are ridiculous sums of money -- I just want to congratulate you on finding that photo. I can't stop laughing at it, especially because it's a photo the football slash writers must be loving.
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's actually a fairly famous photo, but if you don't follow soccer you'd never see it, probably.

A picture is worth 134 million words, huh?
Samlullabypit on June 11th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Dammit - forgot to log in. That was me, btw.
the enemy of fun: DT oh shitnonelvis on June 11th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I figured it was you ;)

I don't follow soccer, but my sister does, and I just got the following note in my email: "OMFG. What is Christian Ronaldo doing to Rooney?!"
Samlullabypit on June 11th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Nothing he hasn't always done. They just forgot that people were looking.
the enemy of fun: DT oh shitnonelvis on June 11th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I am certain that's exactly what the slash writers said too.
candide: Gir::silly_candide_ on June 12th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
OMG! That photo is so awesome!

And that Taj Mahstadium? I pass by the new MetroNorth train station, every day, a station built (at taxpayer expense) pretty much to service the monument (also built with taxpayer money) to the Steinbrenner family ego.
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