Real Betis pays nearly €20 million for new signings Ricardo, Babic, Gonzales and Pavone
Posted July 18, 2007on:
SEVILLA, Spain: Real Betis paid nearly €20 million (US$27.5 million) to complete the acquisitions of four new players Tuesday.
Betis reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon for Ricardo, paying €4 million (US$5.5 million) for the Portugal goalkeeper who agreed to a four-year deal.
Betis paid €7 million (US$9.6 million) to Argentine club Estudiantes for Mariano Pavone, who agreed to a six-year contract with the club. And Mark Gonzalez joined Betis on a four-year pact after a €6 million (US$8.3 million) transfer fee from Liverpool.
|Ricardo had been at Sporting since joining the club from Boavista in 2003 and has played 65 times for Portugal. It was his penalty that knocked England out of the 2004 European Championship.|
“Leaving Sporting was not easy … I came to start a new step in my career and to help lead Betis where it should be, which at the minimum is the UEFA Cup,” Ricardo said.
Pavone helped lead Estudiantes to the Apertura title in 2006 while Gonzalez remained in Spain after being loaned out to Real Sociedad since January after arriving at Anfield in 2005.
Babic had been at Leverkusen since joining from Osijek in 2000.