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SBD Global/September 12, 2012/International Football

Real Madrid Will Offer Cristiano Ronaldo A New Contract

Real Madrid will "activate the renewal" of Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, according to MARCA. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez "has decided to resolve the crisis immediately" and rework the player's deal to keep him at Madrid for life. The club will offer a "substantially improved contract" with the objective of getting a deal done as soon as possible. Exact terms of the deal "have not been defined," but the club will make a big economic effort to satisfy the Portuguese striker, who reportedly wants a net salary of €15M ($19.3M) annually (MARCA, 9/11). In Madrid, Jose Luis Calderon reported that an agreement on a new deal between the two sides "will not be made public until the end of the season." Both Real Madrid management and Ronaldo agree that after recent events a renewal "could be misinterpreted." The club would be accused of "yielding to pressure" from the player and the striker of "forcing the action." A new contract will be a "huge sacrifice" by Real Madrid since in a year and a half the player's preferential tax treatment will come to an end, "meaning that his tax contribution will double up to 52%" (MARCA, 9/11). In Barcelona, Ferran Martinez wrote that Ronaldo's sadness "will end when he returns to Madrid" from his trip with the Portuguese national team. Perez and Head Coach José Mourinho will be waiting to offer him a new contract (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 9/11).
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