Brazilian midfielder Kaka has said he believes he and Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo are worth the huge transfer fees which Spanish giants Real Madrid dished out for them last month.
"If Real Madrid have decided to pay so much money for us it is because we are worth it, isn't it? Because we have shown it with our football in recent years," he said in an interview published yesterday in sports daily Marca.
"We are in a sport which pays these kinds of figures and within this sphere it could be that we are worth this investment," the 27-year-old added.
Real signed Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros and paid a record fee of around 94 million euros to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United.
"In the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the most expensive player, he has shown that he's number one and that he's worth this money," said Kaka.
Ronaldo, 24, has also said the astronomical sum paid by Real for him made business sense.
But the hefty amounts paid for the two most recent winners of the FIFA World Player of the Year award have sparked controversy, with UEFA president Michel Platini calling the transfers "a serious challenge to the idea of fairplay".