Cristiano Ronaldo’s double against Granada gave Real Madrid something to cheer about after a slow start to their defence of the La Liga crown. But his silent celebrations and post-match comments to the press have put the club in gloom.
“I’m sad. When I don’t celebrate goals, it’s because I’m not happy. Its a professional thing. Real Madrid know why I’m not happy,” said the Portuguese captain after the 3-0 win.
To top it all up, a report in the Daily Star says that English Premier League champions Manchester City are preparing a £95m bid for the star player. Of course, the transfer window for English and La Liga clubs is already closed and a deal could only happen either in January or next summer.
But buying Ronaldo would mean Man City will have to clear their wage-bill a bit. The club are known to pay their players huge salaries but will need to make some space if they are to afford Ronaldo’s £250,000 a week deal at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has denied that the ‘sadness’ has anything to do with Andres Iniesta winning Europe’s Best Player award, so this could mean that there are tensions brewing between the winger and his club.
The primary cause could be Spain changing their tax laws. The country is set to increase income tax to 52 per cent, which is seven per cent higher than the current rate. Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are trying to negotiate his contract with the Spanish giants so that he doesn’t need to take a hit because of the change. And that would mean Real Madrid increasing his pre-tax pay-packet– which they are apprehensive to promise.
The report goes on to say that City have denied their interest in Ronaldo. But only time will tell, we suppose.