Cristiano Ronaldo missed Real Madrid’s 2018/2019 kit launch due to contract terms with Nike.
The Portuguese international was not included in Madrid’s promotional material for their new jersey which will debut next season, causing a stir on social media.
However, the former Manchester United man had a valid reason for being out of the picture – being told by boot supplier Nike, that he was not contractually able to be included in the promotion, which is through kit supplier Adidas.
Madrid beat English side Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday evening to win their third successive title and Ronaldo’s fifth individual honour.
The Portuguese international failed to score in the final but finished as the competitions leading scorer on 15 goals.
Following the win over Jurgen Klopp’ side – the former Manchester United man addressed his future.
“In the next few days I’ll give an answer to the fans,” Ronaldo told Bein Sports.
“It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid. The future of any Madrid player is not important; we have just made history.”
When asked to clarify why he spoke about being at Real Madrid in the past tense, Ronaldo added: “I don’t have any doubts, it’s not important.
“I have to rest now, go and meet up with the Portugal team [before the World Cup] and in the next few weeks [I’ll make an announcement].”
Ronaldo, who is now 33, joined Madrid in 2009 and has a current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021.
He became the first player to win five Champions League titles on Saturday evening, which includes one with Man United.
Reports linking him back to Old Trafford have been rife in recent times, whilst some have also claimed that a move to China or Major League Soccer could be on the cards.
However, given his scoring accolades this season – Ronaldo could still join another European club, having dominated in the Champions League once again this season.