Real Madrid have been blessed with world-class talent throughout their history, but Cristiano Ronaldo, it could be argued, is the best they've ever had - so, naturally, it's no surprise that the Portuguese's future at the Santiago Bernabeu is a hot topic.
The 31-year-old's contract in the Spanish capital runs out in 2018, and rumours about his future have already surfaced over the past few months, with some sources claiming the Portugal international has hinted he could leave when his contract expires. But other reports suggest he and teammate, Gareth Bale, are set to sign new two-year deals.
However, Ronaldo has himself admitted that if he was the president of Los Blancos, he knows exactly what he would do with regards to his future.
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The Portuguese netted the opening goal in Real's 5-2 home win over Osasuna at the weekend, as he returned from an injury he suffered at Euro 2016 this summer, and was subsequently asked about his future following his side's win.
“I don’t know, you’ll have to speak with the president. Things are going well." said Ronaldo, as reported by AS. "The press has written a lot and you probably know more than I do. If I were president I’d give me a 10-year deal.”
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Despite previous rumours linking the forward with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, it is clear that Ronaldo wishes to retire in La Liga, regardless of the fact that Manchester United have previously made attempts for the Real man to make an emotional return to Old Trafford.
“Right now, [retiring at the club] is all I see in my future. It’s what I want most. This is the greatest club in the world and it should have the best players.” Ronaldo added.
Ronaldo may have given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez a big hint, as far as a contract renewal was concerned, however, it will be the former Manchester United man's prolific nature in front of goal that will earn him a new contract.
The 31-year-old netted 51 times for Los Blancos last season, netting six hat-tricks, and despite suffering a setback this summer, his form in front of goal is showing no signs of slowing.
New deal inevitable
While most player's careers begin to wind down when they reach their 30s, Ronaldo's elite levels of fitness could earn the forward a lengthier deal than some players of a similar age, at the club. However, it is certain not to be anywhere near the length of contract that Ronaldo is hoping for.
The Portugal international admitted to being "a little afraid" upon his return at the weekend, however, he is now preparing for a second game in quick succession and to face his former club, Sporting Lisbon, in the Champions League in midweek.
“It’s a match that means a lot to me,” Ronaldo admitted. “It’s the club that made me, it’s the club that’s in my heart. But I love Real Madrid and I have a duty to the club.”
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