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Ronaldo blocked TransferMarkt after moaning over €75m valuation

Cristiano Ronaldo blocked the Instagram account of football data website Transfermarkt in March 2020 after he became incensed with the valuation the website had given him.

In March 2020, the football transfers website published a ‘Jorges Mendes XI’ graphic on Instagram, featuring the best players under the super agent’s stable.

The forward was selected in a lone-striker role flanked by Angel Di Maria and Bernado Silva while €70m-rated Ederson Moraes was in goal.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was however unhappy that Transfermarkt had priced him at €75m behind Silva’s €100m market estimate. He wasted no time in letting the website’s staff know of his displeasure.

After publishing the graphic on social media, Transfermarkt later commented on the post saying:

“We can’t tag Ronaldo because he blocked us after he saw his market value.”

Now, in an interview with The Athletic, Transfermarkt’s executives have disclosed how the saga unraveled.

Daniel Busch, Transfermarkt’s UK manager, told the news channel that the Portuguese first messaged staff via private message to understand why the valuation was lower than his expectations.

Busch told the publication:

“I think we put a list (on Instagram) with 10 players, 33 and older, and he (Ronaldo) was still in first place, but he said he must be worth much more.”

Transfermarkt’s coordinator of market values, Christian Schwarz, added:

“He sent a message first to our social media guys. They answered him, explained why, and told him ‘The people in your own age group, you are by far the number one’. I think it was £30-50 million difference (between Ronaldo and the next player on the list), and then he sent some smilies, and then he blocked us.”

As it turned out, Transfermarkt however had the last laugh as less than a year later, the Portuguese left Juventus for a second stint at Manchester United. The deal was worth £19.8m (€23.42m), much lower than his assigned value.

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