Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has been a topic of contention this summer, with speculation rife that the Portuguese superstar could leave Real Madrid to return to English football. With Jose Mourinho having left the Santiago Bernabeu to retake the reins at Chelsea, former club Manchester United dreaming of a CR7 return and Manchester City needing to bolster after relinquishing their Premier League title, a switch to England is not unfathomable.
One thing that will impact on where Ronaldo decides to play his football in the future will be money. Despite being one of the best players in the world amongst those who place sports bets, he is not one of the highest paid players. One way or the other, this looks set to change in the near future.
Ronaldo’s current contract expires in 2015, with president Florentino Perez revealing that he is eager to extend the attacker’s deal. Despite admitting that no formal conversations have taken place as yet, when they do the topic of money will be to the fore.
Should any of the top English clubs make a move for Ronaldo, they all would be prepared to make him their top earner and subsequently one of the highest in the world. Madrid must follow suit and increase the player’s current wages to match his ability.
Another facet in Ronaldo’s decision will be based around who the club choose as their new manager, and which players they sign this summer. Los Blancos may well have missed out on Neymar, but they have been linked with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and others.
In all likelihood Ronaldo will remain a Real Madrid player next season, as it appears his work in the Spanish capital is not yet finished. There is no ruling out a switch back to the Premier League in the future, but for the time being Madrid have stated their intent to keep him.
Had Neymar opted for Madrid over Barcelona, even bigger question marks would have surrounded Ronaldo’s future. However, whether Ronaldo signs a new contract or not, he is likely to step out as a Madrid player next season.