Ronaldo's Reported Contract Extension Would Make Him Spain's Highest-Paid Footballer
CRISTIANO RONALDO will remain in Real Madrid through '18, according to Carlos Carpio of MARCA. Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PEREZ "fulfilled his promise and the contract extension was completed a month ago." The deal will make Ronaldo "Spain's highest-paid footballer," with a salary of €17M ($22.5M). Ronaldo has two more years left on his current contract. In Ronaldo's previous contract, he held 60% of his image rights, with Real Madrid retaining the remaining 40%, but Ronaldo "will increase that percentage." Real Madrid is "reserving the right to guarantee itself some kind of economic return on the investment" (MARCA, 8/5). Ronaldo said, "The situation still hasn't been resolved and I don't think now is the time to talk about it. Perhaps we will be able to give more concrete news about this further down the line, but now the only thing is to train and work" (AS, 8/5).