Since world-class forward Cristiano Ronaldo expressed unhappiness regarding his situation with Real Madrid back in February, there has been plenty of speculation about what his future holds. It remains to be seen if Ronaldo will remain with the Blancos, but he shouldn't let the club's president influence his decision.
According to Goal.com, Madrid president Florentino Perez believes that the Portuguese star will spend the remainder of his career at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and retire a Meringue.
Cristiano Ronaldo will retire at Real Madrid, says club president Florentino Perez http://t.co/ZCrBzctaVg— Goal.com (@goal_intl) June 4, 2013
Perez also downplayed the whispers surrounding Ronaldo potentially being transferred, as he pointed out that there are still two years remaining on his current contract, according to Stefan Coerts of Goal.com.
I think that Cristiano will end his professional career at Real Madrid. And that's not all, I can tell all Madridistas that we will soon win la Decima with Cristiano, Perez told Punto Pelota.
I don't know whether the Madridistas are very concerned about the contract renewal of Cristiano. He still has a contract for two more years.
While Perez may actually believe that Ronaldo doesn't desire to play elsewhere, the only person who knows that for sure is Ronaldo. Perez probably feels as though he can guilt Ronaldo into staying if he continues to make these types of statements in the media, but Ronaldo shouldn't pay much attention to them.
Ronaldo ultimately needs to make the decision that is best for him from an emotional, physical and financial standpoint. That may very well result in Ronaldo staying with Madrid for the rest of his career, but there is no reason for him to commit now or for him to kowtow to Perez and other Madrid officials.
There is no question that Ronaldo's time with Madrid has been great for all parties involved. Ronaldo helped lead Madrid to the La Liga title in 2011-12 and he has been wildly productive over the past four years. In 199 appearances with Madrid, Ronaldo has racked up an incredible 201 goals.
With that in mind, Ronaldo is obviously one of the best and most dynamic players in the world. Such a player would generate a ton of demand on the open market and there is no question that Ronaldo realizes his worth. Because of that, he needs to explore all his options.
What should Ronaldo do?
Perez may be right about Ronaldo honoring his contract, but he is a bit ahead of himself in proclaiming that Ronaldo is a Blanco for life. Perhaps Ronaldo will eventually re-sign with Madrid, but there is obviously some apprehension on his part if he was willing to come out and say that he was unhappy a few months ago.
There is probably a lot of pressure on Ronaldo from Perez, as well as Madrid fans, to agree to a contract extension in the near future. If that is truly what Rolando wants, then he should go ahead and do it whenever he's ready. If he wants to play for a different club though, he shouldn't feel guilty about walking away.
Ronaldo hasn't come out and said that he is planning on retiring as a member of Real Madrid. Perez has created those expectations despite the fact that Ronaldo has been noncommittal. It will be interesting to see when this entire situation comes to a resolution, but Ronaldo needs to remember that he is the only one who can put an end to it.
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