No new deal agreed with Real, insists Ronaldo
CRISTIANO RONALDO has exposed his growing rift with Real Madrid by issuing a statement on Twitter and Facebook to deny claims in Spain that he has agreed a new contract at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese forward, who remains the game's costliest player following his £80m transfer from Manchester United in 2009, has two years remaining on his deal with Real and is understood to be holding out for a contract worth more than that of the best paid player in the world, Samuel Eto'o, who earns £330,000-a-week at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
The stand-off between Ronaldo and Real has led to growing interest from wealthy French clubs Monaco and Paris St-Germain, with speculation also linking Manchester United with a move for their former player.
Real president Florentino Perez has insisted a deal will be agreed with Ronaldo that will result in the 28-year-old "retiring as a Madrid player."
However, with constructive negotiations between the two parties yet to begin, the player flatly denied that any agreement had been struck in a brief message to his 58 million Facebook and 18.9 million Twitter followers.
"All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false," Ronaldo tweeted yesterday afternoon.
Despite Ronaldo's comments and insistence that no deal is in place, Perez is prepared to sanction a pay deal that could be worth up to £20m a season to the winger.
With the Spanish tax system changing, so that high earners such as Ronaldo must now pay 52pc on their earnings rather than the 24pc that was imposed on his wages when he arrived from United, Real are faced with a huge financial outlay to keep the player at the club.
But, with Real owning 40pc of Ronaldo's image rights, a renegotiation of that agreement is expected to pave the way to a deal that is satisfactory to both parties.
Ronaldo's fractured relationship with Real emerged publicly for the first time last September when he refused to celebrate a goal against Granada because of his discontent at the club. "I'm sad – when I don't celebrate goals, it's because I'm not happy," Ronaldo said at the time. "It's a professional thing. Real Madrid know why I'm not happy."
Ronaldo's apparent annoyance at being overlooked for a salary increase since his arrival from United was claimed to have been at the heart of that show of defiance, combined with his frustration at a perceived lack of backing from Real in his attempts to overcome Lionel Messi in the race to win the Ballon d'Or.
Meanwhile, United's share price on the New York Stock Exchange recovered slowly yesterday after dropping by more than 10pc during trading this week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)