Bayern Munich Chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has blasted Juventus for spending £100 million on their new player Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the 33 year old was not worth that much.
Juventus smashed the Italian league record and signed Ronaldo who was a constant thorn in their flesh in the past two Champions League seasons from Real Madrid as they seek to use his experience in the next UEFA Champions League campaign.
Rummenigge insisted Juventus paid over the odds considering Ronaldo’s age though he understands why they were so eager to sign him.
‘Ronaldo? I was surprised by the fact that Andrea Agnelli decided to make this deal happen, but from Juve’s point of view it makes sense, Italian football has lost ground in recent years, but we’d never invest all that money on a 33-year-old player.’ the Bayern chief executive told Merkur.
Bayern Munich who has a club record signing of £35 million spent on Corentin Tolisso from Lyon has only spent £17 million this season. The Bayern Chief believes that if clubs follow a blueprint, they would not need to buy success as Real Madrid only invested little for a return of three consecutive Champions League trophies.
He, however, knew who to blame for the spending madness as clubs in Europe have been buying players for blown up prices.
‘If prices are inflated then the fault lies with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,’ he added.
‘There’s no need to go crazy to win the Champions League. Just look at what Real Madrid have done in the last few years without spending almost anything, and this is also our philosophy.’
Ronaldo who scored 44 goals for Real Madrid last season has since returned to training with Juventus as Higuain is forced to leave the club on loan.