Despite rumours, counter rumours, speculation, gossip and general tittle-tattle, just as I said from the start Cristiano Ronaldo - while not signing yet a new contract past the one in place until 2015 - will be staying at Real Madrid next season. We will see after that. With presidential elections on the horizon, the news that the jewel in the Bernabeu crown is staying put will be music to the ears of Madrid President, Florentino Perez who must have been dreading going into an election having just lost the services of the player who many feel is the world’s greatest. Now El Presidente can set about his election campaign safe in the knowledge that CR7 is staying put.
It may not have been Florentino Perez that bought Ronaldo to Madrid, - in fact if you believe previous incumbent, Ramon Calderon, he didn’t even want him -, but at least now he can tell the voters that he’s the man that kept him there at the end of a season that Ronaldo started "sad": "When I don’t celebrate goals it’s because I’m not happy. It’s a professional thing,” he added, “Real Madrid know why I’m not happy.”
But at the moment it looks like Florentino is a long distance to convince Ronaldo to sign another contract. The Portuguese will not forget that when he went to talk to the chairman, Perez told him that if he wanted to go, he will use the money of his sale to buy Messi. It was a tongue in cheek comment, but didn't make Ronaldo happy.
PSG had made a definite 150 million euro offer for the player plus personal terms that would have made him, by a distance, the highest paid player in the world. At Old Trafford, Manchester United were never going to be able to match PSG financially but they were looking at a number of commercial options that could have raised the transfer money and the player’s wages to entice him back to the ‘theatre of dreams’. Not now, at least not for the time being. Ronaldo’s buy out clause is an eye-watering 1 billion euros. Let me spell out that so you can get some idea. That is 1000,000,000 euros. That’s what Madrid say they want, if someone wants to buy him and no one’s going to pay that