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Real Betis pays nearly €20 million for new signings Ricardo, Babic, Gonzales and Pavone

Posted on: July 18, 2007

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.

babici.png     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.

6 Responses to "Real Betis pays nearly €20 million for new signings Ricardo, Babic, Gonzales and Pavone"

finnaly a croatian in La Liga! He will do good in betis. I already know it! He passes very nice, controlls the ball, and occasionaly dribbles. Spain is the right place for him.

Ya,he will do good in spain. Like he does good on CROATIA +D

WOOT GUYZ GO TO ARSENAL WEBSITE IT SHOWS YOU EDUARDO FINALLY TRAINING FOR HIS GAMES =D YA GO EDUARDO

YA CROATIA IS RANKED 7!!!!ON FIFA RANKING

Didn’t Jarni play at betis as well.Similar qualities, it would be good if Babic could fill jarni’s boots.Did he sign as a midfielder or left back I wonder??

yea Jarni played in Betis. Prosincki played in baracelona, Suker in Real madrid, boban in AC MILAN, Bilic played in england….so did prosinecki who played fpr portsmouth where kranjcar plays….lol

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