Wednesday 18 September 2019

Revealed: Cristiano Ronaldo turned down a ridiculous offer from China to stay at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo turned down a mega-money move to China
Cristiano Ronaldo turned down a mega-money move to China

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has claimed Real Madrid have been offered 300million euros for the star forward by an unnamed Chinese Super League club, but said his client has no interest in the deal.

Jorge Mendes told Sky Sports Italia that Madrid had been offered a transfer fee worth the equivalent of £257million for the player, who would in turn receive over 100million euros - around £86million - a year in salary.

"From China, they've offered 300m euros to Real Madrid and more than 100m per year to the player," Mendes said.

"But money is not everything. Real Madrid is his life. Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid and it is impossible to go to China."

Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes. GETTY
Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes. GETTY

The transfer offer, if genuine, would be almost triple the world record 105million euros (£89.6million) Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in August.

Ronaldo, who won his fourth Ballon d'Or earlier this month, signed a new contract at Madrid in November, extending his commitment to the club until 2021.

But the cash-rich Chinese league has emerged as a major contender in the world transfer market with mega-money deals.

Last week, Shanghai SIPG signed Brazil midfielder Oscar from Chelsea for around £52m, while on Thursday former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez joined Shanghai Greenland Shenhua where he will reportedly become the highest paid player in the world on the equivalent of £615,000 a week.

"The Chinese market is a new market," Mendes added. "They can buy a lot of players, but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo. Cristiano is the best player in the world and best ever. It is normal to have some offers.

"He won the European Championship with Portugal, it's like winning the Italian league with Genoa: they were not the favourite."

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