The Portuguese superstar is ready to extend his stay in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid will announce Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-awaited new contract before September 22 after months of intense negotiations.
Spanish newspaper AS claim the deal has already been drawn up in principle and only requires Ronaldo’s signature, and it’s been mooted that the Portuguese superstar will put pen-to-paper when club president Florentino Perez holds an annual assembly with Madrid directors in 12 days time.
Speculation has been rampant that the 28-year-old had finally reached an agreement with Perez over terms that will see him remain at the Bernabeu until 2018 – when he will be 33 years old – and, more importantly, become the highest paid player on the planet.
The Madrid-based paper suggests that the promise of an increased salary was crucial to tying down Ronaldo after he was knocked off his perch as the world’s most expensive footballer following Gareth Bale’s record £86 million arrival from Tottenham last week.
The former Manchester United forward has been the undisputed leader of the Madrid attack since his then world record £80m move in 2009, netting an incredible 147 goals in 138 games, and wanted that to be recognised in his new contract – and appears Ronaldo has been granted his wish.