Cristiano Ronaldo is the second-best footballer behind Lionel Messi and one of the most marketable athletes, yet the Portuguese superstar is the 10th highest paid footballer in the world.
Yes, Ronaldo said money isn't the problem but remember, he also said he wanted to stay with Manchester United.
La Liga football correspondent Sid Lowe explained Ronaldo's financial situation to Hawksbee and Jacobs:
This sounds to me like the frustrated call of a man, who hasn't got the contract he wants from Real Madrid.
The Beckham tax law enabled foreign executives over a certain amount of money to pay tax of 23 percent, instead of what was at the time 43 percent, but now would be closer to 52 percent. At the time, this [the law] was put in theory to bring the most talented foreign people into Spain i.e. scientists but as you can imagine, it was taken advantage by footballers. How many people qualified as foreign and earning over a half-a-million euros a year? Mostly, it was footballers.
That law has been overturned by the Spanish government but existing contracts written under that law are respected.
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't yet been hit by this but if he wants a new contract, he will be. If he wants to continue earning €10 million after tax, rather than it costing Real Madrid €13 million, it's going to start costing Real Madrid nearly €19 million.
Of course that makes any attempts of giving him a new contract far harder.
La Liga insider Guillem Balagué told SkySports:
It has to do with their fact that Ibrahimović and Eto'o earn more than him [Ronaldo] ... There's not much to write about during the international break, it seems like a strategy to get something out of the club ... the mixzone became an improvised press conference, he normally just doesn't walk through the mixzone, but he did on this occasion ... he just chosen the perfect time in the perfect way to make public his unhappiness.
What seems to be the source of Ronaldo's unhappiness is Real Madrid's refusal to improve his contract.
The smoking gun is him venturing into the mix zone, an area he rarely ever goes into. He went there to voice an opinion, so it wasn't as if he was speaking off-the-cuff. He made it clear that he had a problem with the club.
Who planned this?
The cunning Jorge Mendes—the guy who masterminded Bébé's £7.4 million transfer to Manchester United.
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