Forgoing a transfer offer that would have made him the highest-paid player in the world by a factor of ten, with a weekly salary of £2 million, Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines for turning down the deal.
Al-Hilal, a club in Saudi Arabia, offered the Portuguese superstar a two-year contract with a staggering £209.5m in total compensation. That would have been a significant increase over his present contract at Old Trafford and would have put him well ahead of any other player, but the 37-year-old turned down the offer.
Ronaldo had planned to leave the Red Devils this summer after just one season back at Old Trafford following his high-profile comeback from Juventus last year after 12 seasons away, but he ultimately decided to stay.
Ronaldo, United’s highest-earning player at the age of 37, was left “upset” by the club’s decision to decrease the salaries of all players by 25%, with the cut being felt most acutely by him. Because they didn’t make the cut for the Champions League, in which Ronaldo takes great pride, the club had to let him go.
However, the forward was approached by Al-Hilal about signing a two-year deal, which would have allowed him to drastically increase his wage packet based on the amounts cited by Marca. Sadly, the player was not interested in visiting the location.
As the highest-paid player at Manchester United, Ronaldo’s salary has been reduced from £34m (€40m) per year at Juventus, thanks to the favorable tax regulations in Italy, to £25.5m (€30m) per year.
Cristiano Ronaldo could reportedly have a change of heart after rejecting a huge offer in the most recent transfer window that would have seen him earn as much as £211 million a year. 😲
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As of right now, Kylian Mbappe is the highest-paid athlete in the world. According to the numbers provided by Marca, the Frenchman is currently the highest earning footballer after signing a new deal in the French capital. They claim that Mbappe is now making £42.5m (€50m) annually, in addition to his bonus of £153m (€180m) for staying at the Parc des Princes, where he also has complete control over his image rights.
While that’s a lot of money, Lionel Messi’s final deal at Barcelona paid him £64m per year (about €75m), making him the highest-paid athlete ever. He took a significant pay cut to join PSG this year, from £34 million to €40 million. However, in his final year in Paris, his compensation will increase to £34 million. As far as we know, Messi has earned more than €1 billion throughout the course of his career.
Ronaldo has a sponsorship agreement with Nike for £15.3m per year (€18m), making him the highest paid footballer in the world, while Messi and Neymar each get £15m per year (€18m) from their respective brands. This year (2019), Mbappe inked a 10-year, £11.9 million (€14 million) contract with Nike. He gets a yearly salary of £17 million ($20 million) from Nike, plus a series of bonus payments based on the number of goals scored.
Portugal defeated Hungary 3-0 in their opening match of Euro 2020 thanks to a brace from Ronaldo. As a result, he now has eleven goals in European Championship play, two more than Michel Platini. To add to his list of accomplishments, he scored in eleven straight tournaments and became the first player to do it at five European Championships.
Ronaldo set a record by being the oldest player to ever score two goals for Portugal at a major tournament, and the oldest player to score two goals in a match at the European Championship, with his brace. On June 23rd, in Portugal’s final group stage encounter against France, he scored two penalties to tie Daei’s record of 109 goals for his country.
After suffering a 1-0 defeat against Belgium on June 27th, Portugal was knocked out of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo won the tournament’s Golden Boot after scoring five goals (equal with Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic) and assisting on another.
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