According to the Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, the German side would have tried to get Cristiano Ronaldo on their side if they had “the financial strength” to afford the salary and the transfer fees of the Portuguese football legend. Watzke also expressed that Dortmund is not capable of making such a long-term financial commitment as of now.
The 59-year-old club chief admitted that they had the financial strength to pay the transfer fees of Cristiano Ronaldo to get him from Real Madrid during the last transfer window. But, he also expressed that his side would have faced trouble paying the huge salary of the Portuguese forward.
The Bundesliga club recently touched the $611 million profit in the last season and it is now expected that they will fight to get top-tier players in the upcoming January transfer window. After the announcement of the profit statement, it is now also clear that the Bundesliga outfit is going forward to make their name among the biggest football clubs.
Borussia Dortmund made one of the top ten highest transfer fees ever paid in Bundesliga with their $34 million purchase of Andre Schurrle from Wolfsburg way back in 2014. The Bundesliga side obtained several young players ahead of the 2018-19 season of which Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer seems to be the brightest prospect.
Cristiano Ronaldo opted for his transfer from Spanish side Real Madrid to Italian Serie A champions Juventus ahead of the 2018-19 football season, although his agent Jorge Mendes recently revealed that he wanted to make the move since January this year. However, Juventus got him on their side while paying the highest transfer fee in Serie A.
While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Transfermarkt “If we had the financial strength to get and pay Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have done that. But we do not have [that power].” He then also added “[You] can spend sometimes €100m (£90m/$114m) to €120m (£108m/$137m) in total for a player.”