Rumors have swirled that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo may end up demanding an solidly increased salary to remain at the Bernabeu next year.
Right now, he’s raking in about $569,257 after signing a contract with Real in the summer of 2013. At that point in time, there was speculation that the star forward wanted to leave due to the lack of championship success the year prior. A return to Manchester United, the place where Ronaldo rose to magnificent stardom, was a possibility, but then again, Madrid’s heavy funding certainly kept the Portuguese international interested.
More recently, roughly a $487,930-a-week salary had been dished out to Wayne Rooney and United’s brand new signing Radamel Falcao, who also has the same agent as Ronaldo (Jorge Mendes), was afforded $455,406 in wages.
The frontrunner to gain the signature of Ronaldo would be Manchester United, if they are willing to continue their spending policy by the end of the year. Chelsea is also a possibility considering the fact that Ronaldo, even though it appears that Mourinho doesn’t wish to even entertain the thought of having the superstar on his squad again. Chelsea having Ronaldo could very well catapult them past Manchester City and others in the EPL pecking order, but regardless, they are definitely a capable team.
Another factor to take into account will be the willingness of Real Madrid to keep the 29-year-old at bay. As much as he’s told media that he would love to go back to Man U, they will have to match Los Blancos, and considering how much money the Reds have dropped this summer, is acquiring arguably the best player in the world feasible?