Ronaldo future in doubt as Real refuse to offer new deal

Matthew Stead
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 01: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid signals during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt as the club continue to refuse to offer him a new deal.

Ronaldo has three years remaining on a contract he signed in November 2016, but he ‘believes he was promised a new deal last summer’.

The Portuguese is dissatisfied with the fact that he earns €25m a season – Lionel Messi gets around €20m more at Barcelona.

However, the Daily Mail say Real ‘have made it clear’ they will not offer Ronaldo parity with Messi and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

Ronaldo wishes to become the world’s highest-paid player once more, but his bargaining position was ‘damaged’ by his poor performance in the Champions League final.

Despite his lack of impact against Liverpool in Kiev, Ronaldo chose the moment to cast doubt over his future and position himself as the story.

That initially ‘seemed to unsettle’ Real, but they are unmoved in their decision not to improve Ronaldo’s current terms.

They do so safe in the knowledge that Ronaldo’s release clause is astronomical, with the club also trying to save funds for a potential future move for Neymar.