Cristiano Ronaldo future in the spanish capital in doubt after club refuse to renew his contract.
The portuguese has been told by Real Madrid that they will not be giving him the new contract he wants this summer, leaving a decision over his future very much in his hands.
Ronaldo believes he was promised a new deal last summer and when he was offered a heavily-bonus-dependent new contract at the start of the year he rejected it out-right.
His representatives have met with Madrid again this week and the Spanish club have made it clear they are not offering him the pay-parity with Lionel Messi and Neymar that he feels his serial Ballon d’Or winner status.
Messi earns around £30.7m net a season from Barcelona bumped up to £40m because of a signing-on fee paid annually. Neymar, meanwhile, takes home £2.7m per month before tax, totaling a take home of around £32m a season.
Ronaldo earns closer to £22m and still has the cloud of an investigation into £13m in alleged undeclared income over his head.
He wants his new deal to make him the world’s highest-paid player again, and help him shoulder the financial burden of his tax case.
Ronaldo’s argument for a new mega-deal topping up his existing contract that expires in 2021 was damaged by him failing to make an impact in the Champions League final.
His post-match bombshell that he did not know if he would be staying and that he would talk in the next few days at first seemed to unsettle the club.
Speaking after the final whistle in Ukraine, Ronaldo said: ‘In the coming days there will be answer about my future. It has been very nice playing for Real Madrid.
‘In the next few days I will give an answer. Now we have to enjoy the moment. The future of any player is not important. We have made history.’
But Madrid are not veering from their original position. They feel they have their 33-year-old asset tied down for another three years with a huge buy-out clause and are preferring to save funds for an eventual world-record-breaking bid for Neymar.
That transfer could be Ronaldo’s best way out of Real Madrid. He has an excellent relationship with Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi; the Parisians could pay him the money he wants; and they see him as someone who commercially at least would fill the hole Neymar will leave if he switches clubs.