Cristiano Ronaldo's renewal: In the bag?

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of renewing his contract with Real Madrid. His current contract runs until 2015 and the deal on the table would see this extended until 2018, according to Spanish media. Even though the Portuguese newspaper 'A Bola' ran a story this past Tuesday that Real Madrid's star player was not planning to renew his contract, which would allow him to move on to another European club for free in 2015, some Spanish newspapers see the situation quite differently, and claim that his contract renewal is basically a done deal.

 Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the World Cup 2014 qualifier football match Portugal vs Russia at Luz Stadium in Lisbon on June 7, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo

Over and above a salary increase, Cristiano Ronaldo's contract would also include bonuses tied to certain achievements such as scoring goals, winning titles and winning the Ballon d'Or. Marca newspaper added that negotiations are at an advanced stage and that the main point of conflict is the distribution of income for image rights.

Has been also reported that a huge offer had come in from France, for four seasons and €17 million after tax per season and has been claimed that Real Madrid would be willing to improve his package for the two years he has remaining as well as extending his contract for a further three seasons.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to clear up the uncertainly hanging over his contract renewal at Real Madrid. After Portugal’s 1-0 win over Russia on Friday, the striker refused to discuss his future and once again left his contract renewal up in the air. “I don’t know, we’ll see. The most important thing right now is the national team,” was his response to questions asked by Portuguese journalists.

Finally, the Portuguese forward refused to comment on the recent criticism of Mourinho: “Do you think I’m worrying about that? I’m worried about Portugal, that’s the most important thing. Opinion is other people’s job,” he joked.

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