Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of shattering one of Real Madrid’s most hallowed records. He also might break the hearts of some of his current and old teams’ fans in the not-too-distant future.
Ronaldo is seeking a new challenge and could look to leave Real Madrid after this season, The Mirror’s David McDonnell reported Monday. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly are ready to offer Real Madrid a mammoth fee and Ronaldo astronomical wages to secure his services next summer, but the French club is a more attractive proposition to the Portuguese superstar.
“It is understood Real would want a new world record fee of £90 million ($139 million) for Ronaldo next summer, believing his phenomenal scoring record and global status would justify such a high asking price,” McDonnell wrote. “But sources close to the Ronaldo camp believe a more realistic figure for the double Ballon d’Or winner, who will turn 31 in February, would be around the £70 million ($108.1 million) mark, given his age.”
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a record £80 million ($124 million). Ronaldo has since secured his legacy as one of soccer’s all-time greats, scoring 321 goals in 305 games for Real Madrid, and he soon could break Raul’s club record of 323 goals. Ronaldo’s current contract with Real Madrid expires in 2018.
McDonnell reported Ronaldo would seek a £15 million ($23 million) annual salary over the course of his contract. Manchester United and PSG are two of the few clubs capable of satisfying Real Madrid’s and Ronaldo’s financial demands. The Red Devils are a huge part of Ronaldo’s past, but their chances of reuniting with him in the future remain, at best, in the balance.
“Despite his past history and emotional bond with United, however, it is understood Ronaldo would favor a move to PSG next summer, should he decide the time is right to leave Real,” McDonnell wrote.
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