Cristiano Ronaldo is always in the spotlight. He should be used to the never-ending attention by now, but that doesn't make things like dealing with constant transfer talk any easier. His new contract with Real Madrid should help eliminate that noise.
The club officially announced a five-year deal with the talented forward one day after he scored in the Blancos' draw with Villarreal. As a part of the announcement, Real passed along comments from Ronaldo, who talked about retiring at the Bernabeu:
It's a very special day for me. I want to thank my teammates, the coach, and, above all, the president. This contract makes me really happy and it's a privilege to continue in this house. It's given me a lot. For me it's as if today were my first day here. I'm always going to give my best for this shirt. I hope that I'm here until I retire. This is a great club.
Ronaldo's new contract comes after a summer of transfer rumors frequented the headlines, mostly linking him to one of his former clubs, Manchester United. Nothing came of the talk, but it always puts the dynamic superstar in a tough spot.
He doesn't want to say anything negative about United, where he truly blossomed into the game-changing force everybody witnesses today. But, as illustrated once again with his comments after signing the new deal, he's clearly happy with Real Madrid.
Luckily, with Real reaffirming their desire to keep him as a vital element of the squad moving forward and Ronaldo talking about retiring with the club, perhaps that transfer speculation can finally fade away.
At least for a while.
Ronaldo has scored 203 goals in as many appearances for Real Madrid since joining the club four years ago. That type of production is what most players can only dream about, and he's made it look simple since heading to La Liga.
Add in the fact he's now playing alongside Gareth Bale, and the club's terrific depth, and Real have the foundation for some very strong seasons. It also helps that Ronaldo is 28, which means he should be at the height of his athletic powers.
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When you put it all together, there was no reason for Real to move him over the summer. The contract extension just puts it on paper and shows neither side has any interest in breaking up what's been a great partnership since Ronaldo arrived.
It's a message other clubs should receive loud and clear. Although it doesn't guarantee the unnecessary transfer noise is a thing of the past, it will at least ensure those type of reports don't hold much merit for the foreseeable future, barring a very unexpected turn of events.
Ronaldo and Real Madrid are a great match—one that still has a very bright future after the latest contract extension. Other clubs will have to look elsewhere for their upgrades.