It’s official – Cristiano Ronaldo will remain in Madrid for the forseeable future after inking a new long-term deal with Los Blancos.
The contract will run through 2018, Madrid have confirmed. There is no official confirmation on value, but according to Spanish reports it will be worth about €17 million annually ($22.6 million).
Ronaldo, sporting an absolutely stunning pair of glasses, appeared at a press conference in Madrid this morning to announce the deal and sign the papers in front of cameras.
Ronaldo told reporters “it’s the fans that keep me here” and that he could see himself in a Madrid shirt for the “rest of my career.”
Real president Florentino Perez said “Cristiano’s numbers are simply mind-blowing, and there are lots more goals, triumphs, and trophies to come from Ronaldo.”
Despite many rumors over the summer that he would make a storied return to Manchester United, Ronaldo told reporters at the contract unveiling this morning, “an agreement took place at the end of last season. I then gave my word to Real and the chairman gave his to me.”
This seems to be typical chatter after having signed a new deal, but it at least gives us a look into the fact there probably was talk of a new deal long into the past.
Since joining Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for the then-world record transfer fee, the 28-year-old has 148 goals in La Liga play, and 203 goals in all competitions in exactly the same amount of matches.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.