Cristiano Ronaldo is set to get a €9m raise on his current deal at Real Madrid, despite struggling for form so far this season.
According to Marca, the Portuguese forward’s new contract will see him take home €30m salary before bonuses, just shy of Neymar’s income at Paris Saint-Germain.
Yet, it comes in a season where Ronaldo has underperformed and questions over his future at Real Madrid have led to rumours of a transfer away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo pay rise
The Real Madrid star has not made his feelings a secret that he wishes to be paid similar to Neymar and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s salaries.
Ronaldo’s reluctance to sign unless his demands were met have led to speculation that he could walk out of the club he joined for a then-world record fee in 2009.
Among those deemed capable of paying the Portugal international’s big wages are his former club Manchester United and French superpower PSG, who spent over €200m to sign Neymar last summer.
Yet, Ronaldo has never sought to leave the club, previously insisting on multiple occasions that he wishes to retire at the Spanish outfit.
While this new contract represents a sign of how much he has done for the club and his importance to the team, the Portuguese star has been performing below his usual standards so far this season.
Ronaldo has only managed to score eight goals in La Liga, putting him currently 10th in the league’s top scorers chart with Messi leading the way with 20.