Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to earn as much as Ballon d’Or rivals Lionel Messi and Neymar, who’ve both signed mega-money new contracts in the past six months.
That’s according to a report by AS journalist Manu Sainz, the same reporter who just interviewed Ronaldo for the Spanish paper about his achievements in 2017.
Ronaldo has written his name into Real folklore over the past eight-and-half years, scoring 422 goals and winning 15 trophies.
And after their recent success at the Club World Cup he revealed his desire to extend his stay at the club.
However, Ronaldo emphasised that a contract extension was out of his hands with the decision one for club chiefs to make.
It seems Ronaldo has now reached out to the media in a bid to convince Real to start talks over a new deal.
AS have focussed on the fact that the Portugal international is now earning £14.2m (€16m) a year less than Barcelona’s Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar.
And they say he is still waiting on a call from the club to begin negotiations to tie him down beyond 2021.
AS journalist Sainz speculates that the pay raise is a bigger factor in Ronaldo’s desire to sign a contract than committing his future to Real.
And his report has been published on the same day that an interview in which Ronaldo says he’s happy in Madrid, conducted by him, has gone online.
Whether Ronaldo specifically mentioned to Sainz that he wants to put pen to paper on fresh terms is not known for certain.
But the fact the separate stories have appeared online on the same day appears to be too much of a coincidence for that not to have happened.
Whether Real will make a move to start talks with Ronaldo in the wake of Sainz’s report remains to be seen.
AS do say that getting the 32-year-old to renew his contract is one of their top priorities though.