Cristiano Ronaldo may be forced to leave Juventus in a desperate bid to cut costs due to the financial damage caused by the coronavirus, according to Marca.
There is huge concern regarding the long-term economic impact of the pandemic and Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, as cited in Marca, have reported that Juventus might not be able to afford Ronaldo’s eye-watering £500,000-a-week contract when football returns to normality.
The 35-year-old has already agreed to defer four months’ wages to help the club’s finances, as have his teammates, along with manager Maurizio Sarri.
They have agreed to a reduction in pay equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June, which is set to save the club approximately £80 million.
Italy has been hit harder than any other country in the world by COVID- 19, recording over 11,500 deaths so far from a total of over 100,000 confirmed cases.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who arrived in Turin two years ago, is earning £28 million-per-year and the Old Lady may not be able to meet his salary demands after the crisis, with Marca listing two possible scenarios that could be viable options for the club.
The Portugal international could move abroad in exchange for at least £62 million, although as of yet, no suitors have emerged.
Alternatively, Juventus could possibly make allowance for Ronaldo to stay until the end of his contract, with a one year renewal the absolute maximum they could offer in terms of potentially extending his stay at the Allianz Stadium.
A likely casualty should Juve executives wish the 35-year-old to stay, would be former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who currently earns £400,000-per-week in Turin and has not been as impactful as Sarri would have wished when he signed the Welshman on a free transfer last summer.
Ronaldo is currently self-isolating back in his native Madeira alongside mother Dolores, girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his four children.
He fled Italy after team mate Daniele Rugani was diagnosed with coronavirus nearly three weeks ago.
Juventus have not played a match since beating title rivals Inter Milan on March 8. Since his move to Turin in 2018, the Portuguese legend has netted 42 goals in 53 appearances, but the team have unfortunately not excelled in the Champions League as one would have expected.
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