Cristiano Ronaldo is spoiled and needs to get over himself. He is too important to the team, and Real Madrid should pay him whatever he wants. If he wants to leave, fine. Madrid will replace him soon enough.
Whatever your opinion of Ronaldo—and everyone has one—there’s no denying his talent. So when he stated to reporters that he declined to celebrate two goals against Grenada because he was “sad” about his situation at Madrid, the world paid attention.
After Real beat Manchester City a couple of weeks later—thanks to a 90th-minute Ronaldo strike—he apparently felt a bit better. “Today I am happy”, he announced to the press (via The Daily Telegraph), but the qualifier of “today” doesn’t fill the listener with confidence about his future.
As was outlined at Marca.com, Ronaldo currently ranks as the 10th-highest earner in world football, something that he obviously feels isn’t good enough.
When someone rises as high as Ronaldo has, there is a certain amount of ego-massaging that the clubs need to do to keep them happy. We saw this in 2010 when Wayne Rooney indicated he wouldn’t sign a new deal at Manchester United. Two days later, of course, he had signed a deal worth £30 million.
Ronaldo will feel that being constantly mentioned in the same breath as the phrase “best player in the world” makes him eligible for the fiscal benefits that title affords.
This is sound logic, of course, but more money doesn’t always equate to a better career move. Real Madrid is a fantastic club that offers a multitude of reasons to stay—ones that both include and stretch beyond the mere financial.