Cristiano Ronaldo has ended his flirtation with Manchester United and signed a new five year deal with Real Madrid that will pay him a reported €18m a year after tax, plus 50% of his image rights, making him the world’s best-paid player.
Ronaldo has scored a remarkable 203 goals in 203 games since joining for a then world record €94m from Manchester United in 2009. And he is hoping to continue that sensational form for the next five years.
“It is a priviledge for me to continue with this club,” Ronaldo told a press conference. “It is just like my first day here. I am going to continue with the same spirit of sacrifice and give everything for the shirt.
“It is a special day for me. I want to thank the president for making this happen and the fans who continue to support me. Maybe I will stay here until the end of my career. This club is the biggest in the world and I am extremely happy.”
Huge signing for Real. Ronaldo has been brilliant since arriving from Manchester United and at 28-years-old he is entering his prime as a player. If he keeps up the same scoring pace that he has over the last four years, Ronaldo will pass Raúl and Di Stefano and become Real Madrid’s all-time scoring leader.
But it is not coincidence that Ronaldo agrees to this record breaking new deal just days after Gareth Bale arrives at the club for a world record transfer. It is a case of Ronaldo telling Bale that he is the main man at the Bernabéu.