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Saturday 23 September 2017

Ronaldo puts Bale in shade

Cristiano Ronaldo greets the media after signing a contract renewal for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo greets the media after signing a contract renewal for Real Madrid

Soccer Sam Wallace

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year €90m deal with Real Madrid that puts him ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best-paid footballer in the world.

His decision to agree a new contract with Madrid puts an end to Manchester United's attempts to lure him back – "Manchester is in the past," he said yesterday – and means that the world's two most expensive players will play in tandem for the foreseeable future. The figure is 50pc greater than what Gareth Bale is being paid by Madrid.

Paul Clement, who worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain and is now a coach at Madrid, insisted that Ronaldo would have no problems playing alongside Bale and said the club was satisfied that Ronaldo's robust challenge on Bale in a training session on Friday "looks worse on camera than it was".

Speaking after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Villarreal, in which both players scored, Clement said: "There'll be no issue between those two. None at all."

 

Irish Independent

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