Ronaldo re-signs for Real Madrid to become most highly paid player
Cristiano Ronaldo committed his future to Real Madrid, but he doesn’t see them as perfect club, as a matter of the coveted Portuguese forward believes “nothing is perfect at any club”. Nonetheless, Ronaldo admits he is happy to have inked a contract that makes him the top paid player in the world of football.
Ronaldo’s salary structure has still not been clear. Speculation has driven media outlets into formulating salary plans by Real Madrid for the Portugal international. The most popular theory suggests that the new contract is worth €21 million a year after the deduction of tax. This means Real Madrid must have set aside at least €40 million for Ronaldo’s salary package.
Anyway, it’s now official that Ronaldo is the highest paid player in the world, much more than the most expensive player, Ronaldo’s latest teammate, the €101 million man Gareth Bale. In an interview to RTP TV station back in Portugal, admitted it had been a challenge to maintain the status of being the “most expensive in history”.
“Nothing is perfect at any club,” Ronaldo said. “I arrived at Madrid as the world’s most expensive player of all time and the pressure was huge. I had to show Real Madrid that the price they paid for me was justified.”
Ronaldo also admitted that there had been many twists and turns and ups and downs in his relationship with the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez since he moved from Manchester United for a transfer fee record in 2009. Ronaldo claims he has a strong relationship with Perez, who is happy after successful negotiations with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.
“I have never had big problems with my president, although it is obvious that many times we were not agreed on many things, but that is part of life,” Ronaldo said. “We talked at the end of the season and I knew that sooner or later we were going to reach an agreement. We are happy.”
Florentino insists there are no issues between him and Ronaldo. Florentino was smiling ear to ear at the official signing ceremony on Sunday. In his press conference at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Perez hailed Ronaldo for making sacrifices for Real Madrid.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will remain a Real Madrid player for the next five years,” Perez said. “That is what the followers all over the world had been calling for and asking for. With his total commitment, constant sacrifice, the demands he makes of himself, and his talent, Cristiano has won the heart of the madridistas.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, just like Madrid, is always ready for new challenges. You have a lot more goals left to score, and many successes and trophies to celebrate to make Madrid even bigger.”