All media drama and public speculations aside, Real Madrid were always Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred destination and the Portuguese superstar looks set to prove it with putting pen to paper on a new deal that would see him retire at Santiago Bernabeu.
Numbers don’t lie
Cristiano Ronaldo started his Real Madrid career in 2009 upon his record-breaking transfer fee worth £80 million and it is fair to say that former Manchester United winger went on to repay every single penny invested in his transfer from Old Trafford.
Having marked his Los Blancos debut against Deportivo La Coruna with a goal, Cristiano Ronaldo went on to score in each of his four league fixtures for the club thus becoming the first Real Madrid player to do so.
The Portuguese never looked back as he has gone from strength to strength to crush numerous club records and become the living legend of the Santiago Bernabeu side.
Currently standing on 31 goals from 34 La Liga appearances this season, Cristiano Ronaldo is the league’s top scorer in front of Luis Suarez from Barcelona. He has made the total of 340 appearances for Real Madrid having netted the incredible 360 goals in the process.
New deal a worthy reward
Having shown no signs of slowing down, the 31-year-old superstar is determined to keep on going and is on the verge of signing a new deal with his club that will see him remain at Santiago Bernabeu until 2020.
According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, Portuguese striker is currently negotiating an extension to his current deal expiring in 2018. Amidst the increasing rumours that Ronaldo could be leaving the club in the summer, the relationship between the player and the club is said to have strengthened in the past few weeks and months since the turn of the year.
The improvement from both the club and the player himself have led to the beginning of talks over a possible renewal with Ronaldo open to prolong his stay not until 2020, but as far as to 2021.
There is a mutual desire from both the club’s directors and the player himself for Cristiano Ronaldo to finish his professional career at Santiago Bernabeu.
The Portuguese striker would be 35 and/or 36 when the deal expires and the deal is likely to put all speculations and rumours to bed as Florentino Perez still hold Ronaldo in high regard and considers him a key part of the set-up.
Madrid president intended to cash in on Real’s all-time record goalscorer with Paris Saint-Germain being ready to pay close to €100 million for the services of the Portuguese star. Having broken the 30-goal mark for the sixth season in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo has once again proven his worth to the club that brought Gareth Bale as his direct replacement a year before.
Zinedine Zidane’s introduction to Real Madrid’s helm has did wonders for Crisriano Ronaldo and the Portuguese has convinced the Real Madrid hierarchy of his ability and form that is showing no signs of going down
Ronaldo’s seven years of success have been crowned with the total of seven title with the club.
One Champions League trophy, one La Liga title, two Copa del Rey trophies, one Supercopa de Espana, a European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
A number of individual honours completed the trophy-laden Real Madrid career as Cristiano Ronaldo has twice been awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or, while he also won three Golden Shoes, three Pichichi trophies which are awarded to La Liga top scorer and he is also the three-time Champions League top scorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had an erratic season behind him which looks set to complete a U-turn in the closing stages, both with the club and with the player himself.
Unexpected twist to domestic campaign has seen Real Madrid get back in title race with Barcelona only a point ahead and Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to lead his team towards unexpected success.
Los Blancos’ priority for the season has until recently been the UEFA Champions League that they are given the odds of 2/1 to win. Lifting the 11th European title would be considered a huge achievement after months of troubled atmosphere and disturbed team spirit.
With Cristiano Ronaldo back to his best and en route to renew his deal with the club, can Real Madrid hope to win some more silverware this season?