Real Madrid should sell Cristiano Ronaldo this summer if any club will offer between €100-150 million, almost half of over 30,000 respondents to an AS poll believe.
Ronaldo, 30, finished the 2014-15 club campaign winning another Pichichi award as La Liga’s top scorer after notching 48 goals — his best ever domestic league total. Last weekend, meanwhile, he scored another international hat trick in Portugal’s 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Armenia
Real Madrid should sell Cristiano Ronaldo for €100-150m – says poll.
The reigning Ballon d’Or winner is currently tied to Madrid until June 2018 — a deal he signed almost two years ago, which is worth around €20 million a year net to the player.
Amid reported interest from former club Manchester United last autumn, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes suggested that his client could stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for another decade.
The Portugal captain’s relationship with Madrid president Florentino Perez has not always been harmonious, however, with the player talking of his “sadness” when negotiations for his current contract were stalled. More recently, Ronaldo used social media to make clear his unhappiness with coach Carlo Ancelotti being fired — a move which was apparently not welcomed by the club’s hierarchy.
Senior Madrid figures have also reportedly had long-running concerns over a tendonitis issue in Ronaldo’s knee, while the player himself was thought to be unhappy with a lack of institutional support when he was criticised by fans and pundits for holding his 30th birthday party on the night of a 4-0 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid last season.
Recent speculation has suggested that such issues in Madrid mean Ronaldo might be tempted to make one final big move, with Paris Saint-Germain the most likely destination in a deal which would break the current world-record transfer fee. Perez also apparently sees his own €100 million signing Gareth Bale as Ronaldo’s long-term successor at Madrid.
Amid such an atmosphere, Madrid-backing paper AS asked its readers to say at what price they would sell the superstar.
Of the 31,474 people who took part, 15,725 — 49.96 percent — said they would sell for a price of between €100-150 million.
Were the price to be lower — between €50-100 million — then 32.5 percent of respondents would still opt to sell. At a price of less than €50 million, only 12.5 percent would take the money at this point.