CRISTIANO RONALDO can be a Beckham-style money machine for Real Madrid.
That is the belief of Florentino Perez, who will be the club's new president again tomorrow.
It was Perez who took David Beckham to Spain in 2003 and made the Spanish club the richest club in the world. Now he is planning to build a new team of Galacticos and he reckons Ronaldo will get the cash tills ringing again.
AC Milan's Kaka is their top target but Perez wants Ronaldo as well to help reclaim their position as the world's biggest club.
Perez said: "We have to make up for lost time. When Beckham came we went from earning seven million euros a year to 45 a year through deals with our sponsors.
"We salvaged the situation of the club. If Cristiano Ronaldo comes, even though he is currently sponsored by Nike, he then puts on an adidas shirt every week.
"There are certain players who are very profitable because they have spectacular commercial repercussions that earn the club money.
"We once earned 15million euros for two games in Japan. Now they would not pay that but in that era we had Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham."
"It'll take time to build a team like that because there are not the immediate resources but we have to bring five or six new players."
Story By PETE JENSON