Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United, but an insider now explained why he believes the Red Devils don’t want the Ballon d’Or winner.
Ronaldo is reportedly upset with Real’s leadership for not offering him a higher salary in line with Lionel Messi’s €50 million (R739 million) and Neymar’s €36 million (R532 million) annual wages.
As consequence the Portuguese’s agents have reportedly reached out to United on whether the Red Devils would be keen to resign their former star. However, LaLiga expert Gillem Balague believes United are not interested in a reunion.
“He wants to match his wages to that of Lionel Messi. Messi is on about €50m net and Cristiano earns around €23m. Even Neymar is earning more,” Balague wrote in his SkySports column.
“Cristiano wants Real to pay €50m net which they won't. Nobody else will. The link to Manchester United is not going far, they do not want him. But, they don't want to say they're not interested.
“They don't want to be seen as a club not interested in buying the best players in the world. In any case, they don't see this as a feasible financial or sporting deal and don't think they can get enough from it.”
Latest reports suggested Real are prepared to increase Ronaldo’s salary by €9 million (R133 million) per season, which would make him the third-highest paid player in the world.
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