Berlusconi dreams of Ronaldo

Berlusconi dreams of Ronaldo

Published Apr. 12, 2011 3:05 p.m. ET

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that he could make the dream of signing Cristiano Ronaldo a possible reality.

The Rossoneri supremo seems set to splash more cash on the Italian giants this summer, with his side three points clear in the race to win the Serie A title for the first time since 2004.

Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world record £80million in 2009, and the former World Player of the Year has been a revelation since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 72 goals in 79 games.

The 26-year-old has never stated any desire to leave Madrid, but the ever-colourful Berlusconi was prepared to go public with his ambition to land Ronaldo on Italian television on Monday.


"If we win the scudetto then the next transfer window will see us add one or two great players, and one of those could be Ronaldo," Berlusconi said.

"If we were able to add Ronaldo to our squad I think it would please everybody. Sometimes dreams come true.

"Our team will be stronger and even more competitive.

"Dreams are always legal and may become a reality.

"Some of our champions, such as (Andrea) Pirlo, may leave us for other choices. But others, such as (Clarence) Seedorf, could continue with us."

The Italian prime minister held back on spending during the economic crisis in recent years, but eased the purse stings to add Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer, although he has suffered some disciplinary problems of late.

"Did I throw my money away?" Berlusconi was quoted as saying by Italian media after the former Barcelona striker was sent off for swearing in their 2-1 win at Fiorentina, leading to a second straight ban.

"He's going through a bad period, but I still think he is a great champion and can lead us to important victories.

"Without him, we can play Robinho, a player I like very much."