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Donovan quips that Ronaldo “worth more than our whole team combined”

Apr 30, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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Elite athletes aren’t the sort to publicly count their teams out of a competition, and Landon Donovan is no exception.

Yet he knows that even if the United States is firing on every single cylinder, if every piston is pumping and the team is chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected,and stepping out over the line, there’s still another machine screaming down the proverbial boulevard.

Yes, the 13th-ranked Yanks are underdogs again.

From ESPN:

“There are realities, right?” he said. “So Cristiano Ronaldo, I’m guessing, earns more than our whole team combined. He is, from a value standpoint, worth more than our whole team combined, if someone bought him versus our players on the open market. You can’t ignore that. It’s not an excuse, but it’s reality.

“He’s a special player and a special talent. We could play an amazing game against Portugal, and he could pull off two plays that only he can pull off, and we could end up losing. So what has to happen is we have to play well, no question.”

Donovan was speaking at a promotional appearance, and his comments on escaping Group G certainly underscore what everyone knows: it’s going to be tough. But it’s comforting to know that there’s nothing pompous about the American preparation for Ghana, Germany and Portugal. And while many of you will say, “Duh,” it’s not that simple. There are plenty of ways to approach the group, and the US is choosing one of utmost respect and self-demand.

“If we play very well, are we capable of beating Ghana? Yes. Are we capable of beating Portugal? Yes. Are capable of beating Germany? Yes. We have to play well, and we have to force them to not play well.

“That all ties into it. If we do that, we can advance. It’s also possible that we play as well as we can, and Germany, Ghana and Portugal could either tie us or beat us. They have great players, too. But as a starting point, if we don’t play well it’s going to be really difficult. That’s what we focus on. The rest of it, we can’t control, but I think we have a pretty good chance.”

Go get ‘em.

  1. nextmanup81 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I believe that we will win!

  2. talgrath - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    He’s not far off on the salary estimates there, Ronaldo makes about $40 million a year (once converted), Dempsey, Donovan and Bradley make about $21 million combined, but the salaries take a steep dive after that. Depending on who makes the final team for Brazil, it’s very possible that Ronaldo could actually make more than the entire USMNT.

    • drewvt6 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      How much does Howard make? Guzan? Jones?

      • talgrath - May 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Howard makes $2.6 million, Guzan makes $1.7 million and Jones makes 700,000 Euros (roughly $1 million). So adding them in gives you about $5.3 million for a total of $26.3 million, still a long shot from Ronaldo money. Add in Altidore and you have about $28.5 million.

  3. lgrant2000 - May 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    It’s interesting that the headline quotes Donovan saying that Ronaldo worth more than whole team, while in the story Donovan merely says that Ronaldo earns more than the combined US team. Big difference!

  4. footballer4ever - May 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    @lgrant2000

    You know that spicy headlines are a necessary evil in order to get anyone to read the columns. That is how TMZ and any news organiztion gets the traffic needed to pay the bills.

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