The Portuguese appeared to flirt with a move next season, and as much as the fans and the neutrals, this Blaugrana star is also surprised to find it out
As much as he was inconspicuous in the Champions League final that Real Madrid won against Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to grab all the headlines post the showpiece. The Portuguese threw a stunning hint at an exit during his post-match comments. He said, “Now to enjoy, and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that they are on my side. It was very nice to be in Madrid.” This comment has reportedly shocked one Barcelona star.
The Blancos faithfuls were thrown into a tizzy in the immediate aftermath, but seems even his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi is stunned too. The Argentine ace endured the ignominy of watching his bete noir pick a third Champions League medal on the trot, and a fourth in the last five years. But Ronaldo’s perceived uncertainty about his future has caught him on a hop reportedly.
Messi is currently the highest paid player in the world, followed by his former Barcelona teammate, Neymar. The fact that Ronaldo, for all his eye-catching heroics and goalscoring exploits, lags behind them in terms of pay, hasn’t gone down well with the player. He’s now linked with a move back to Manchester United, although the likes of Sergio Ramos and Zinedine Zidane have tried to pour cold water over the issue.
A transfer, despite the player’s hinting, doesn’t quite appear on the cards. Ronaldo has an astronomic release clause of $1 billion in his contract. No team would be willing to fork such a hefty sum. And Real Madrid, on their part, wouldn’t let their most prized asset leave. For any fee for that matter.
The Portuguese’s current contract runs through 2021 and is on a firm position to negotiate a pay hike given his indelible contribution in completing the three-peat.
Whilst he did indirectly hint at a move, Ronaldo won’t be going anywhere afterall. It’s just the gulf in pay cheques between him and some of his close rivals that has triggered a disgruntlement. The 33-year old won’t enjoy the status he otherwise revels in at Real Madrid, anywhere else. And his best chances of more European glory lie firmly with the Spanish giants.