Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo once again appear very close to ending their relationship, only this time it may really happen.
After Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez and Jorge Mendes met on Tuesday to review the players contract, the future of the Portuguese in a white shirt appears to be getting darker by the day.
Ronaldo, who currently earns 21 million euros a year, is far from the 37m of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and of the 50m Leo Messi gets from Barcelona.
As already mentioned in MARCA nearly a year ago, after the 12th Champions League crown was conquered in Cardiff, the president of Real Madrid promised his star that he would improve the terms of his contract in lieu of his great performance.
According to those in Ronaldo’s camp, Perez even put a number on the table: 30 million euros net per year.
The club began to rethink their offer in September as Ronaldo’s play began to decline, even going as far to consider his departure at the end of the season.
Once January arrived, Ronaldo returned to his best averaging one goal per game; with decisive strikes in the Champions League qualifiers against PSG and Juventus.
Thus, a little over two months ago, the club approached him to resume the postponed improvement of his contract with an offer of 25 million euros plus bonuses for various objectives.
Ronaldo’s pride had taken a hit and he requested the negotiations to resume at the end of the season; the result of the club having broken its word for many months, while also trying to sign Neymar at a salary of approximately 37 million euros a season.
Meeting on Tuesday
The meeting that took place on Tuesday in Madrid saw Real Madrid’s proposal rejected, as the terms didn’t match what Ronaldo was looking for.
He was offered 25m euros but which could exceed 30m in the event both Real and Ronaldo have another great season.
That is to say, to win the main titles (Primera Division, Champions League, Copa del Rey) and the most outstanding individual trophies (Ballon d’Or, Best Player of the Year from Globe Soccer etc).
During the meeting the controversial statements from Ronaldo just after the end of the match in Kiev were also spoken about, as they deeply angered the club.
Ronaldo’s demands are only strengthened by how decisive he has been in the four Champions League titles conquered over the last five years — in which he has also won four Ballon d’Ors — and in view of his success compared to Messi and the candidate to succeed him, Neymar.
He believes that Madrid want to get rid of him and for that reason he will not offer any concessions to what he feels he deserves.
For this reason, he has asked the club to let him go, and the truth is that for the first time in nine years, he has heard a “yes” to leave if he wishes, despite having a contract until 2021 and a buy-out clause of one billion euros.
In the next few days we will see if another chapter in a relationship marked by love and hatred will end with a handshake, a renewal and a forced smile, or if this time Ronaldo will truly leave Real Madrid.