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Real Madrid Boss Boasts of Club's Riches
    2008-12-01 23:51:01     Xinhua

Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon said on Monday that that the Spanish football club was on the way to becoming the biggest earner in world sport.

Speaking at an event in the Ferrandiz Forum held in the Spanish capital, Calderon insisted that his club would receive more money than any other sporting entity on the planet.

"The amount of income next year will be the greatest in the history of any sporting club in the world, including the NBA, baseball or American Football," said Calderon in a speech reproduced on the online version of Spanish sports paper Diario AS.

With Real Madrid currently in crisis following a poor run of form, culminating in a 1-3 defeat to Getafe on Saturday night, Calderon was clearly trying to boost morale. He said that the money would be used to strengthen a squad that has at times looked threadbare in this campaign.

"The club will sign big name players without any risk to its economy. On Dec. 7 we will present the accounts to the club members and they will feel very proud," said Calderon.

When he stood for election as club president in the summer of 2006, Calderon promised he would sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabrigas as well as AC Milan's Kaka and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben. Real Madrid spent all of last summer trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

So far the injury-prone Robben is the only player of the four to have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

 
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