Tuesday, 8 November 2016
MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo signalled his intention to keep playing for 10 more years after rounding off a “dream year” by signing a bumper new five-year contract with Real Madrid on Monday.
The deal, expected to protect Ronaldo’s status as the world’s highest paid footballer, will keep the Portuguese tied to the European champions until he is 36.
According to American magazine Forbes, Ronaldo topped Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the world’s best paid sportsman in 2016 with an income of $88m (80 million euros, £71 million).
The three-time World Player of the Year has enjoyed his most successful year at a collective level, scoring the winning penalty as Madrid won the Champions League for an 11th time in May before captaining Portugal to their first major tournament win at Euro 2016.
Ronaldo has plundered 371 goals in 360 games in his eight seasons since swapping Manchester United for Madrid for a then world record fee in 2009 making him the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
As well as picking up two of his three Ballon d’Or titles for the world’s best as a Madrid player, Ronaldo has also won two Champions Leagues, one La Liga title and two Spanish Cups.
Yet, despite his incredible achievements in a Madrid shirt, the length of the contract has been questioned with Ronaldo struggling to match his form of old so far this season.
Having failed to even register a shot on target in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leganes, Ronaldo has now gone five games without a goal at the Bernabeu for the first time in his career.
Indeed Ronaldo even thanked Perez and the club for “having a memory” in a sport that rarely does.
Source by: Internet