Cristiano Ronaldo Would Be Smart to Play Out Contract with Real Madrid

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 8, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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As one of the best soccer players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is constantly making headlines. His contract status is all the rage currently, but Ronaldo's best course of action at this point would be to honor his contract with Real Madrid.

According to Sid Lowe of The Guardian, Ronaldo has refused to negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid. But he has also said that he wants to play out his current deal, which is set to expire in July 2015.

While Blancos fans have to be discouraged by Ronaldo's plans, he seems to have the right idea. Rumors have run rampant that Manchester United hopes to bring Ronaldo back in the near future, but it would behoove Ronaldo to bide his time and weigh all options before he ultimately makes a decision.

In monetary terms, Ronaldo would be stupid to lay all his cards out on the table right now. Real Madrid would likely ask for an astronomical transfer fee, and that would mean that the team acquiring Ronaldo would have less money to pay to him directly.

Playing out the contract would eliminate the worry of a transfer fee, and everything would go directly into Ronaldo's bank account. Also, it would likely prompt Real Madrid to increase its offer. It would be a huge blunder to lose Ronaldo for nothing, so Los Blancos would be desperate to make something happen and would play right into Ronaldo's hands.

Even if Ronaldo would rather play elsewhere, remaining with Real Madrid for two more years certainly isn't a bad option. Not only is Real Madrid always competitive and among the world's best teams, but Ronaldo has put up some eye-popping numbers at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and all signs point to him continuing to do so.

In 135 league appearances for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has an incredible 146 goals, so to say that he has been productive would be an understatement. There is essentially no risk in Ronaldo staying at Real Madrid for a couple more years, as he is pretty much guaranteed to continue scoring and driving up his price by virtue of that.

Like any business, soccer is about supply in demand. Ronaldo will continue to supply dynamic offensive ability for the foreseeable future, and demand will only going increase because of that. Once he becomes available, it is entirely possible that he will be the hottest commodity in the entire history of the sport.

Ronaldo is fully cognizant of that, and it seems as though he intends to milk the situation for all it is worth. He pretty much has all of the pull right now and can do whatever he wants. If he ultimately decides that he doesn't want to play for Real Madrid any longer, he can say so and the Real Madrid brass won't have much of a choice in the manner.

As much as Real Madrid would like to lock him up, he isn't interested in doing so right now. With that in mind, Real Madrid shouldn't press the issue, because it stands to possibly alienate Ronaldo if it puts too much pressure on him. Ronaldo is playing it close to the vest, and that strategy will ultimately benefit him most in the future.

Whether or not it benefits Real Madrid or a different club remains to be seen, though.


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