Despite rumours, counter rumours, speculation, gossip and general tittle-tattle, while not signing yet a new contract past the one in place until 2015, Ronaldo will be staying at Real Madrid.
Reasons? Well there might me many.
With presidential elections on the horizon, the news that the jewel in the Bernabeu crown is staying put will be music to the ears of Madrid President, Florentino Perez who must have been dreading going into an election having just lost the services of the player who many feel is the world’s greatest. Now El Presidente can set about his election campaign safe in the knowledge that a new mandate has been agreed between the club and CR7. It may not have been Florentino Perez that bought Ronaldo to Madrid, in fact if you believe previous incumbent, Ramon Calderon, he didn’t even want him, but at least now he can tell the voters that he is the man that kept him there. Just what that entails is anyone’s guess, but it goes without saying that there’s almost certainly going to have been something fairly large plonked onto the table to guarantee that the Portuguese phenomenon is no longer, as he said last year, “sad”, which is how he described his state of mind when asked why he wasn’t celebrating when he scored.
When I don’t celebrate goals it’s because I’m not happy. “It’s a professional thing,” he added, “Real Madrid know why I’m not happy.”
And while any new arrangement might have perked Cristiano up, over in Paris and Manchester they won’t be quite so happy. PSG had made a definite 150 million euro offer for the player plus personal terms that would have made him, by a distance, the highest paid player in the world. At Old Trafford, Manchester United were never going to be able to match PSG financially but they were looking at a number of commercial options that could have raised the transfer money and the player’s wages to entice him back to the ‘theatre of dreams’. Not now, at least not for the time being. Ronaldo’s buy out clause is an eye-watering 1 billion euros. Let me spell out that so you can get some idea. That is 1000,000,000 euros. That’s what Madrid say they want, if someone wants to buy him and no one’s going to pay that.