Cristiano Ronaldo has made no secret of the fact that he wants to spend the remainder of his career at Real Madrid.
“There’s no team like it,” the 31-year-old said in May. Having recently won his second Champions League trophy in three years, it’s no surprise Ronaldo isn’t yet willing to give up his hero status in the Spanish capital.
Madrid are all too happy to offer Ronaldo an extension on his deal, which expires in 2018, but they’re going to have to meet a peculiar demand.
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The medical staff at the Santiago Bernabeu came under heavy fire last season after failing to carry out a routine test when Ronaldo picked up a hamstring injury against Villarreal in April.
The winger subsequently missed Madrid’s Champions League semi-final first leg game against Manchester City.
And Ronaldo is keen to ensure no such blunders happen again by demanding he be give his own person physiotherapist.
That’s according to Sport, who, referencing AS, claim Ronaldo “can take no more”. The incident last season left the former Manchester United man unable to trust Madrid’s medical department and as a result, he wants his own confidante included in any new contract he signs.
Doctor Olmo will stay
Fortunately for the three-time Ballon d’Or winner, Madrid president Los Blancos will adhere to his request.
However, the same medical team that caused problems last season will remain at the club. That includes Doctor Olmo, who runs the medical team but isn’t a firm favourite among players.
Father time is approaching
Ronaldo evidently wants someone he can trust to ensure he remains in peak health. At the age of 31, father time is approaching, but Ronaldo is keen to ensure it doesn’t hurt his ability to play in every Madrid game.
And as he pursues a fourth Ballon d’Or and yet more trophies with Los Blancos, Ronaldo’s confidence remains sky high.
Just last month he claimed to be the best player of the 21st century.
“Where would I rate myself amongst the top players of the last twenty years? Thinking positively, then I believe with what I’ve achieved, I’m the best of the lot," Ronaldo told Italian magazine Undici, per Goal.
"I look after myself so I can keep making history in football well into the future."
And if he feels that a personal physio will help him continue to make history, Madrid shouldn’t hesitate to grant Ronaldo his wish.