To say Cristiano Ronaldo is important to Real Madrid would be the mother of all understatements.
During his time at the Bernabeu, the Portuguese has amassed an unprecedented 371 goals, two Champions League titles and two Ballon d’Ors. Consequently, it’s not hard to see why Los Blancos are always so desperate to retain him.
In fact, this week is set to see a prominent announcement made regarding CR7’s future at the club. It’s good news for Real supporters, but the details may prove surprising.
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Over the past few months, Real have been hell-bent on securing new contracts for some of their biggest stars.
October saw Toni Kroos and Luka Modric’s deals renewed and in the past week, Gareth Bale put pen to page on an incomprehensible £18 million-a-year contract.
The latest player to receive the backing of his club has proven, rather unsurprisingly, Ronaldo.
According to Marca, the club’s all time top scorer will sign a new deal on Monday or Tuesday that will secure his services until June 30, 2021. Therefore, by the time his obligations elapse, the Portuguese will be 36-years-old.
Not many stars can attract a five-year deal in their thirties, but this is Ronaldo after all.
Aside from agreeing this new time span, all aspects of the move are reportedly completed. An upcoming meeting between the 31-year-old’s agent Jorge Mendes and Real director Jose Angel Sanchez is set to produce confirmation.
Furthermore, the announcement is set to make Ronaldo the highest paid member in the squad. This is despite the fact Bale is earning in excess of 50p every second – staggering stuff.
Such an admirable show of commitment from Los Blancos exemplifies just how highly they value Ronaldo.
Obviously, given the ex-Manchester United man’s performances over the last seven years, this is no big surprise, but it shows the club believes he can keep this up beyond his 36th birthday.
Will his athleticism, agility and speed be quite the same? Unlikely, but even a jaded CR7 would surely amass a great enough goal tally for him to remain Real’s main man.
While spending so much on a player in their thirties would usually appear blindly erratic, in the case of Ronnaldo, there can be few qualms.
Besides, given their current transfer ban, Real aren’t in a position to burn bridges with their current crop.
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