Real Madrid has read the riot act for their super star
and Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo with insinuations
that the Portuguese is gradually *ssuming a larger
than life posture while pushing for possible exit from
It seems Cristiano Ronaldo recent fifth crowning as
Ballon d’Or is a misnomer of his current status with
According to a report in Diario GOL, club president
Florentino Perez is growing tired of Ronaldo’s
‘arrogant’ approach to seeking a new contract.
Perez is apparently reluctant to reward the
Portuguese with improved terms and no longer
believes the club are in possession of the best player
in the world.
However, Ronaldo’s commercial pull means Perez
will not let his star leave on the cheap but – with a
lack of suitors willing to meet his €100million (£88m)
market value – Perez would demand the player buy
his way out of his contract should he want to force an
Perez would prefer Ronaldo to stay but if the forward
decides he does not want to be held by the terms of
his current contract until it expires in 2021, the
report suggests Real would ask for £177m (€200m) in
the case of a contract termination.
That figure is way below £880m (€1bn) buyout clause
in the contract Ronaldo signed in November 2016 but
apparently double what Ronaldo himself deems fair.
The Diario story suggests that Perez’s patience with
Ronaldo is wearing thin and the club’s desire to bring
Neymar to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 is a
factor in the strategy.
On the pitch Real are currently fourth and eight
points behind Barcelona in La Liga with Ronaldo has
not been at his prolific best domestically, scoring
four goals in 11 games. Although nine Champions
League goals in just six games suggests any talk of a
sharp decline is wide of the mark.
Although Ronaldo remains Real’s biggest *sset how
long that remains the case is becoming a topic
worthy of discussion.
Meanwhile Valencia youngster Rafa Mir will
reportedly join Real Madrid in the January transfer
Mir, 20, has netted 15 times in 17 league
appearances this season for Valencia’s second team,
who currently play their football in the Segunda B.
According to ElBernabeu.com, Real Madrid will pay
“a small fee” to sign Mir, and the forward will initially
represent Real Madrid Castilla with the view to
becoming a first-team player in the future.
Mir, who represented Barcelona between 2009 and
2011, made his Valencia debut in their Champions
League clash with Zenit St Petersburg in November
The forward began his career as a futsal player with
CD Javali Nuevo and ElPozo Murcia FS before
transitioning into full football with Ranero CF, whom
he represented for two years before joining
Real Madrid are also expected to bring Athletic
Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to the Bernabeu
when the January transfer window opens for business.