Cristiano Ronaldo becomes world’s best paid player
Manchester United had hoped to snatch Cristiano Ronaldo back from the Bernabeu after reports that the player was unhappy with life at the Spanish giants, although a new deal has just been agreed which makes the forward possibly the best-paid player in the world.
September 15th, 2013
Ronaldo will be 33 when his new deal ends, with the contract extending to 2018 and it appears that the player will be earning around €18m a year after tax, plus 50% of his image rights, making him the world’s best-paid player.
The former Red Devil had just entered into the final two years of his contract, with Real now making sure that the player remains at the Bernabeu for the majority of his playing career, with Ronaldo having scored an amazing 204 goals in 203 games for his current club.
“I am grateful that the president reached an agreement in the end,” Ronaldo said. “This is something I always wanted. I don’t know if I will retire at 34 but I want to satisfy the fans. That never happened [that I thought of leaving]. I am very happy.
“It might have seemed like a long time to you [for a deal to be finally reached] but it did not seem so long to me and anyway. It had a happy finish … if I can say that.
“Everyone knows that I was very happy at Manchester United for six years and it was a club that gave me everything. I am, and always will be, grateful but Manchester United is my past, Real Madrid is my present. My home is here, my family and I am very happy.
“I respect the clubs that knocked on the door to ask about me but they know that my only goal was to play for Real Madrid. Maybe at the end of my career; I don’t know what the future holds but I am here and I am happy.”