The man many call the best player in the world Cristiano Ronaldo his put pen to paper signing a new five-year contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2018, while at the same time also making him the highest paid player in football.
The Real Madrid star will earn a staggering £15 million a year after tax eclipsing the wages of both Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ronaldo’s new agreement comes in the wake of new world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham who joined the Spanish giants for a massive £86 million.
Real Madrid were keen to let Ronaldo know that he is still the main man at the Santiago Bernabéu offered the Portuguese striker the new contract which will now see him spend the rest of his career with Los Blancos.
The new contract also ends whatever hope Manchester United had of luring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford and a link up with his main sponsor Nike.
Even Ronaldo himself says that there was no way he was ever going to return to Manchester as that was in his past, and that he would now look to the future finishing his career in Madrid.
I’m really happy here,’ he said. ‘I’ll be here five more years. I just want to win trophies for this club.
‘I will be honest with you – everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years. Manchester is in the past. Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I’m really happy here.
‘I respect all the clubs who ask about me. But they always know that my decision, that my only goal is to be here and to play at this club until, maybe, the end of my career.’
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is looking to build another team of Galactico’s in the Spanish Capital, and after having signed Gareth Bale, and getting Cristiano Ronaldo to commit to a new contract his two main building blocks are in place.
My guess here, and it is only a guess is that Madrid will go after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in January, and especially so if French international Karim Benzema fails to find the back of the net enough times in the run up to the New Year.