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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been told he can leave Real Madrid in the summer, with European giants Paris St-Germain and Manchester United as possible destinations.
Apparently, relations between Ronaldo and Real president Florentino Perez have deteriorated badly in recent months, with wage demands a key part of that, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. As a result, if the right offer comes in, Ronaldo could be allowed to go. He has a symbolic euro1 billion release clause, but it is thought Perez will compromise on that.
Given that Ronaldo’s fee will not be cheap – and add in signing-on fees and wages – the Portuguese star will be out of the financial league of all but a very few clubs.
One of those clubs is Qatar-owned PSG, who have a long-standing interest in Ronaldo and also have the sort of ambition that matches the player’s.
Manchester United would also be interested – they have made inquiries about bringing him back to Old Trafford before. Of course, United have the added pull of that is where Ronaldo made his name, and he has previously had a good working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
Ronaldo’s dispute with Perez is thought to stem from the latter apparently reneging on a promise to improve the former’s pay deal. Ronaldo is apparently unhappy that after winning his 5th Balon d’Or and helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and World Club Cup treble, his basic wage – a mere euro£48 million gross per year – is less than that of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Neymar at PSG.
Not only that, but Ronaldo has been investigated by Spanish tax authorities, and his form for Real this season has been below his usual – admittedly sky-high – standards.
Should Ronaldo go, it could lead to Madrid making a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who is valued at £200 million.