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Behind Ronaldo Deal, a Palm Beach Tycoon

The biggest news in the world's biggest sport is that international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, of Manchester United, has been sold to Real Madrid for a stunning $131 million. The architect of this blockbuster may have a South Florida address. Financial tycoon Malcolm Glazer of Palm Beach is the majority owner of ManU -- a position that has made him one of the U.K.'s most despised men.

A recent Business Week article detailed the financial challenges that came with Glazer's takeover. Namely, that he had to both "ramp up revenue and cut costs" to make payments on the $490 million loan he needed to buy the club. That's made harder by the consensus opinion that ManU can't get much larger than its current colossal form, meaning that subtractions like Ronaldo, a prolific goal-scorer, were inevitable.

After the jump, one fan's tribute video.

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Thomas Francis