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Ryan Gauld will earn more than Cristiano Ronaldo did

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Ryan Gauld's bumper £3 million contract at Sporting Lisbon will make him the club's highest paid youngster - meaning he'll be on more than Cristiano Ronaldo was when he was an 18-year-old coming through the ranks at the club.

According to The Mirror, the Scottish sensation signed a six-year deal upon completing his surprise switch to the Portuguese capital earlier this week and will earn £8,000-a-week.

If that wasn't enough for Gauld, the youngster will earn a yearly 10% pay rise up until 2017, ensuring he'll earn far more than both Ronaldo and Nani did as promising youngsters at Sporting.

On top of that the lucrative deal will see the 18-year-old, dubbed the "Mini Messi", earn £100,000 should his new side seal Champions League qualification, £80,000 if they lift the Primeira Liga title and £60,000 if they manage to secure a domestic cup.

There also individual incentives worked into his new deal which will see him pocket extra cash depending on his goal tally.

The tricky winger netted eight times last season and will be rewarded accordingly should he score 1-10, 10-12 or 12+ goals per season during his stay in Portugal, and those rewards will be doubled should he find the net in the Champions League.

Sporting have not only shown how highly they think of their new acquisition by offering him such impressive terms, they've also inserted a £47million release fee into his contract, despite him only having played one whole season of first team football.

Gauld's move to Lisbon came as a surprise to some with him having previously been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and English duo Manchester United and Liverpool  but the club's president, Bruno de Carvalho, believes the youngster was right to chose Portugal over the Premier League.

Carvalho is quoted by The Mirror saying: "We can guarantee him time in our first-team squad and that wouldn’t have been easy in the Premier League.”

Speaking of his move, Gauld heaped praise on his former club Dundee United for helping make the move possible, he told BBC Sport: "The club have been great through it all. They've not stood in my way, let me speak to them and helped the deal go through. It's been a wild few days. It was really an option I couldn't turn down."

Gauld also thanked the clubs fans and staff, saying: "They've been absolutely superb. Ever since I've played my first game they've supported me, even when I've not been playing too well so I'd like to thank them for that.

"And, also the coaches at Dundee United because they're the ones that have developed me as a player.

"The gaffer has given me a chance to show what I can do and I'd just like to say thanks to everybody at Dundee United for allowing me this chance."

Asked about the prospect of following in the footsteps of former Sporting stars such as Ronaldo and Luis Figo, the 18-year-old said: "I'm not really thinking of that just now. I'm just looking forward to playing for the club and trying to make a good show of myself.

"They've paid a big price but hopefully I can put in good performances for them, establish myself and just do well for them.

"It will be hard but I'm also really looking forward to it. It's going to be a good challenge for myself and I'm excited by it.

"That's what I've always wanted to do since I was young - play football abroad - so hopefully it'll live up to what I'm expecting.

"It's a bit unbelievable just now but hopefully in a few years I can live up to that price tag."

Gauld's move to the Portuguese capital will be helped by the presence of England youth international Eric Dier. The 20-year-old defender has been at Sporting for a decade and his presence can only help Gauld settle down in Lisbon.

Fans of Portuguese football will be aware that Gauld is not the first Scotsman to make the move to the Primeira Liga.

In 1997 Scottish legend Graeme Souness joined Sporting's great rivals Benfica as manager but was sacked after two seasons having failed to win a trophy.

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