Cristiano Ronaldo could be planning to leave Real Madrid after selling his image rights to Valencia owner Peter Lim, according to Iker Casillas' agent Santos Marquez.
As reported by the Mirror, Marquez claims that Ronaldo's actions are 'not normal', and Real Madrid president Florentine Perez should explain why the club's best player is generating such a huge sum for their La Liga rivals.
Ronaldo, of course, sold his rights to Mint Media earlier this summer, but still has three years remaining on his current deal at the Bernabeu.
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The Portuguese superstar, who moved to Madrid from Manchester United back in 2009 for a then world record £80 million, is recognised by many as the world's best player, so Perez and Co. will no doubt be hoping to keep him at the club for some time to come.
But, the agent of Casillas, who saw his client move on in favour of a move to Porto earlier on in this transfer window, believes there's something not quite right about the saga involving Ronaldo's image rights.
Plan to leave
Marquez told reporters: "One day [Perez] will need to explain why Cristiano works for another company outside of Real Madrid.
"Imagine Cristiano generating €40 million elsewhere and giving it to Peter Lim, Valencia’s owner. It ends up in Valencia’s coffers and that’s deplorable.
"Will anyone speak out and ask Florentino why Cristiano has sold his image rights to Peter Lim?
"That’s not normal; it suggests that Cristiano is planning to leave."
It's bizarre, but makes sense
Ok, so perhaps Ronaldo's move to sell his image rights to Lim and Co. appears to be a slightly strange one, but you have to remember that the former Manchester United man will do whatever it takes to improve his own brand.
Ronaldo, as well as being arguably the greatest player on the planet right now, is also a global icon, and will stop at nothing to become a superstar on and off the pitch.
Let's be honest, while he continues to be at the top of his game, it would prove a surprising step if Ronaldo really did leave Real Madrid behind anytime soon. Of course, in years to come, the versatile forward may well go in search of one final challenge, but he's surely intent on making more history at the Bernabeu over the coming years.
Of course, Manchester United fans still hold hope that he will one day return to the Theatre of Dreams, but that transfer is starting to look more unlikely as the years go by. There's no way Ronaldo's leaving Madrid just yet...
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