Report: Ronaldo Wants To Earn €1 More Than Messi
Report: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Wants To Earn €1 More Than FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Real Madrid are believed to be prepared to make superstar Cristiano Ronaldo the world's third highest paid player, but the Portuguese reportedly wants to earn €1 more than record earner Lionel Messi.
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The bosses of the Spanish giants are impressed by Ronaldo's massive improvement in form that has seen him score 21 goals in just 13 appearances, making him the top goalscorer in 2018 so far.
Ronaldo, who struggled at the beginning of the season, has wanted a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu for a while now, after both Lionel Messi and Neymar overtook him in the salary stakes last year.
According to Marca, the Argentine now reportedly earns €46 million (R670 million) a year, while Neymar is believed to pocket €36 million (R524 million) annually since his world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, is currently earning €21 million (R306 million) yearly, but the club are reportedly prepared to increase his annual salary to €30 million (R437 million). That would make him the third highest paid player in the world, but according to Mundo Deportivo, the 33-year-old wants even more.
The Spanish publication believes Ronaldo wants to earn €1 (R14.56) more than Messi because, in his mind, as the current Ballon d'Or holder and FIFA's The Best Men's Player, he deserves to be the highest paid player in the world.
As a consequence, the Portugal captain reportedly wants special bonuses rewarding his individual titles, goals and records to be included in his new contract.
Overall, the Portuguese has scored 37 goals and assisted another six strikes in 35 appearances for Los Blancos so far this season.
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