Real Madrid Transfer News: Los Blancos Must Not Cater to Cristiano Ronaldo

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF falls during the match during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Espanyol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 16, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best soccer player in the world, but that doesn't mean that Real Madrid must bend over backwards for their star striker.

According to Daily Mail reporter Laure James, Ronaldo appears ready to leave Madrid at the end of his current contract:

Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to sign a new deal with Real Madrid and could be targeted for a dramatic return to Manchester United.

The Portuguese striker has indicated he will snub Real’s offer on the table, and plans on seeing out the final two years on his contract. In doing so, the Galacticos could stand to lose their £80million star for free, in 2015.

It seems absurd to let an iconic player like Ronaldo walk, but Los Blancos may not have a choice. According to James' report, "the Ballon d’Or finalist has been offered a contract extension until 2018, increasing his salary by 50 per cent to a whopping £15m a year." 

Giving him more money than that would be absurd, regardless of how talented he is. One player cannot be bigger than the future of the club, no matter how legendary he may be.

The report mentions Ronaldo's "increasing dissatisfaction in Madrid." At a certain point, the club must just say fine. If he's that unhappy, let him be happy elsewhere.

A part of Ronaldo will always chase money and fame. He loves the glamorous side of being a superstar, and he's always going to pursue that. If he's not given proper attention at all times, he becomes unsettled.

Even though that doesn't have an impact on his production, it has an impact on the rest of his team. His side can become all about serving him, and he can command so much money that it becomes financially impossible to fill other needs.

It almost seems like Ronaldo is just pouting at this point. His otherworldly talents command attention, but attitude can get old under any circumstance.

Maybe he truly wants to move on to another side, or he could just be milking every dollar out of the current situation.

Real Madrid already catered to him with one enormous contract. It's important for the franchise to avoid giving him another.