Real Madrid have moved to mollify Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo by informing him that he is still the world’s most expensive football player in the history of the game.
Ronaldo, who holds significant attachments to personal records had reportedly been angry at Madrid’s apparent breaking of his symbolic title of being the world’s most expensive player by signing Gareth Bale for €100 million on deadline day of the last transfer window.
However, according to Spanish paper AS, Madrid have now informed the superstar that he still retains his symbolic title as the club had paid Tottenham €91 million instead of the widely reported €100 million for Bale’s services.
“Don’t worry! You still are the most expensive transfer in the history of football. We paid €91 million for Bale,” a Real representative told Ronaldo.
The Spanish giants are trying to convince their talisman into agreeing a new contract extension and the report claims they have come to the conclusion that it will be in their favour to reveal the intricacies of the Bale deal to the player.
Hence, the club’s statement to the player. They have also reportedly informed Ronaldo that Bale is set to receive a salary of around €7 million instead of the widely speculated €10 million per year that is being reported by most media outlets around the world.
Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to wrap up contract negotiations with the club’s most prolific goalscorer as soon as possible and has embarked on a charm offensive toward the player.
Perez understands that Ronaldo needs to feel like he's number one and has thus moved to allay fears regarding his star forward’s importance at the club and has repeatedly insisted on several occasions that Cristiano is the most important player of the team.
Negotiations with the Portuguese’s camp regarding the renewal is believed to be in the final stages and Ronaldo is expected to put pen to paper in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile Tottenham have maintained that Bale’s departing price from White Hart Lane is around €100 million. To note, Madrid had paid Manchester United €96 million in the summer of 2009 for the Ronaldo’s services.
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