Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to become the highest paid player in Spain with a new five-year deal with Real Madrid.
Marca reports the deal is for five years at an average of €17 million per season. As Marca also notes, that will pay him €1 million more per year than Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Meanwhile, David Kent of the Daily Mail, reported the deal at £75 million for five years.
Also of note is that Ronaldo is set to get a bigger cut of his imaging rights. Marca reports that previously Ronaldo was receiving 60 percent of these rights.
While the overall numbers on this deal are astronomical, it was a shrewd deal for Real Madrid.
Sure, two years remains on the 28-year-old's original contract with Madrid. However, there has been intense speculation over his future. One of the biggest talking points of this summer transfer window has been centered around the possible return of Ronaldo to Manchester United.
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A big chunk of this speculation is undoubtedly due to the reported friction between Ronaldo and his club president, Florentino Perez.
As Marca notes, this persisted all of last year, but the two Madrid power players got together to iron out their differences. That meeting reportedly worked out well. The publication noted that, according to sources, "It is clear that there is now a better understanding between them."
"A better understanding" may be a bit of an understatement. With £75 million on the table, the two better have forged a permanent bond. That would certainly be best for Real Madrid.
While the debate between who is the better player, Messi or Ronaldo, will wage on for eternity, there is no longer a way to argue that Ronaldo doesn't belong on that short list of best on the planet.
Ronaldo has been a goal scoring machine:
Cristiano Ronaldo Stats with Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/5bjulII6Lu— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoArabia) August 5, 2013
He has also learned how to come up with big goals in big moments. He made that conclusion unavoidable during Real Madrid's run back to the top of La Liga in the 2011-12 season. Of course, that included the late game winner against Barca that essentially sealed the title.
Ronaldo's talent is otherworldly and he has matured to a point where his intangibles match his talent. He is the heart and soul of this Real Madrid squad. That is exactly the right situation for him, and it is right where the team needs him to be.