Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to stay at Real Madrid, according to reports emanating from the Spanish capital.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, previously held talks with Paris Saint-Germain after the Ballon d’Or holder was accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7m between 2011 and 2014. It is said Jorge Mendes has told him he should stay with Real as his profile will remain higher than it would be in Paris, that being in a better team gives him a better chance of winning another Ballon d’Or, and that he would be in better shape for next summer’s World Cup after a season in Spain.
Ronaldo has now won back-to-back Champions League titles to put himself in pole position to win the Ballon d’Or this season and go one behind Lionel Messi. The 32-year-old could look to move to PSG next summer and will no doubt attract interest from China and the USA.
Money is not a problem for the world’s top footballer – it is estimated that he rakes in some €2,000 every hour of every day – and we now learn that he earns €350,000 per Instagram post, putting him third on the world list behind Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian.
He is the only footballer on the top-10 list, which features only one other sportsman, LeBron James, the sensational Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player. Ronaldo, who boasts a following of 106million on the social network, is a prolific contributor – regularly adding multiple images each day of his excursions around the world. With the impending departure of Pepe to Besiktas (Turkey), Cristiano Ronaldo will be promoted to Real Madrid’s captain’s group along with Sergio Ramos, the club captain, and Brazilian, Marcelo, who is second in the player hierarchy. CR7 will now become the third member of the group who have regular meetings with the management including President Florentino Perez.