Ambitious Money-Grubbing: Real's Ronaldo Longing for Salary Equal to Messi's

His Brazil team-mate Marcelo thinks the pair could play together at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The report will undoubtedly stun Real supporters but it seems his decision is allegedly down to Florentino Perez failing to uphold his promises. The outlet reports that Ronaldo now earns €23.6m per season and had agreed with Perez to see that upped to €37m net after tax. Whilst previous talk of this type has largely been a move from the star to drive up the vale of his contract at Madrid, this summer, at least, Ronaldo's camp wishes us to believe something different.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema insists his opening goal in the UEFA Champions League final was "not a matter of luck", attributing his fortune to hard work and spacial awareness.

No new contract for Ronaldo?

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has said Real may be willing to offload Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in order to buy former Barcelona forward Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United were (of course) reported to be a possible destination for Ronaldo, who left them for Madrid nine years ago.

The Euro 2016 winners begin their World Cup campaign against neighbours Spain on June 15. They will also face Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

The Portuguese outlet says United will pay around £131m for Ronaldo and have already told him he can his old No.7 shirt - despite the fact Alexis Sanchez's only took the number following his move in January.

In football, cash is king, and while the World Cup is a welcome break for most of us from the ludicrous transfer fees and ever rising price of replica shirts, there's still an bad lot of money involved. We will give our best, with humility, we are going to do the same as we did in 2016, fight until the end and step by step see what happens.

Ronaldo posted a photograph on Twitter with Portugal's possible starting XI and the message: "Ready".

  • Stacy Allen