City plan world record bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester City's new billionaire owners have drawn up a wish list of the players that they want to sign and it includes a £135m world record bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Reading like a Master League team from Pro Evolution Soccer, the new Arab owners' dream team also features Fernando Torres and Cesc Fábregas.

The Abu Dhabi United Group are backed by members of the the United Arab Emirates royal family and have declared their intent to turn Manchester City into one of the biggest clubs in Europe. A spokesman for the group, Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, said that they are looking to bring in eighteen top calibre players over the next year.

City have already made Brazilian striker Robinho the highest paid player in the history of football (£160,000 per week) and seem to be intent on attracting the game's big earners to Eastlands. Although the approach of the club's new owners may seem naive, it will be interesting to see if they can test players' loyalties with the lure of stupidly high wages.

While it's true money alone doesn't guarantee success in football, it only takes a quick look at Chelsea before and after Roman Abramovich took over to prove that it definitely helps.

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