13 Apr 2011

Milan to bid for Ronaldo?

5:42 am on 13 April 2011

The AC Milan owner and under siege Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he plans to bid for Real Madrid's former world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo if his side win the Serie A title.

The Portuguese star has never indicated a wish to leave the Bernabeu but that has not deterred colourful Berlusconi, often accused by opponents of making outlandish bids for political popularity, from making the pledge on Italian TV.

Milan are three points clear in Serie A with six games left as they bid for a first scudetto since 2004.

Berlusconi reined back spending during the global economic crisis but eased the purse strings at the start of this season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving from Barcelona, although the Swede's recent disciplinary problems have tested his patience.

Several ageing Milan players reach the end of their contracts in the close season including Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo but the owner says he hopes both players will stay.