“Record”: Ronaldo will leave Real “irrevocably”
The reception at the Museu Nacional dos Coches in the Lisbon district of Bélem was festive, the Portuguese national players appeared in fine evening at the invitation of the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo gave a short speech, promising: “We will do our best and then see what happens.” The 33-year-old said nothing about his future. The World Cup is now in focus.
Only a short time later, the Thursday edition of the sports newspaper “Record” appeared. If you believe the title story, the world footballer has already made his decision: to leave Real Madrid. The decision is “irrevocable”.
The main reason was that Ronaldo’s President Florentino Perez had not kept his promise to increase Ronaldo’s salary. The world footballer was not interested in money, but in recognition. The Spanish “AS” had reported that there had already been a meeting between Ronaldo consultant Jorge Mendes and the Real managers. The (alleged) first result: Real will make great efforts to meet Ronaldo’s financial demands. Ronaldo allegedly wants to pay 37 million euros per year, Real “only” wants to pay 30 million euros. Mendes’ impression was that Real would rather try to get Neymar than keep Cristiano. On Thursday there will be a second meeting between Mendes and the royal family.
Ronaldo, it says in “Record”, could imagine playing in Italy, France or England. Many clubs are out of the question, which could pay the enormous redemption and salary volume. PSG had always been considered an interested party, but the Paris club is under the supervision of Uefa when it comes to financial fair play. A barter with Neymar would be a possible option. More likely, Ronaldo would return to Manchester United, where he played from 2003 to 2009. The Premier League club has the necessary financial means and with José Mourinho a coach, who already had some friction with his compatriot, but is regarded as Ronaldo’s fan and patron.
Ronaldo himself had shocked the Real fans immediately after the Champions League final against Liverpool (3-1) with statements that had been interpreted as a threat of change (“I had a great time in Madrid”). A day later he rowed back, said to the fans at the celebrations around the royal class win: “See you next year.” He will give everyone an answer “in the next few days.” Nothing happened after that.