Bad news Man United fans, Cristiano Ronaldo’s staying put in Madrid for five more years
The faint hopes Manchester United fans had of a Cristiano return appear to have been put to bed completely with the Portuguese star set to sign an extension to his Real Madrid contract that will keep him at the club until 2018.
Ronaldo had been linked with a move back to the Red Devils during the summer and there had even been a suggestion that it could happen next year but that possibility has been quashed by news of a three-year extension to his current contract, which will be officially announced later this afternoon.
Details of a press conference to announce the new deal have been announced on the Real Madrid website, but it has been reported that Ronaldo will sign a three-year extension to his current deal which would commit him to Los Blancos until 2018.
Reports also suggest that Ronaldo has earned a tidy little pay increase which will see him earn in and around €17 million a year, a spicy meatball indeed.
It may be a ridiculous sum of money for any one player to earn but it is hard to argue that Ronaldo isn’t worth it. He has scored an unbelievable 203 goals in 203 games since joining the club and is unquestionably one of the best players in the world; his status at the best is only in doubt because of the presence of one Lionel Messi.
The timing of Ronaldo’s contract would suggest that both he and Real Madrid are keen to reaffirm the fact that he is the main man at the club following the big-money arrival of Gareth Bale from Spurs, even if the pair of them seemed to get along just fine when both hit the net in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal last night.
Something tells us Villarreal won't be the last side to suffer at the hands of that deadly duo this season.