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Ronaldo extends Madrid stay to end United speculation

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Cristiano Ronaldo has now committed his long-term future to Real Madrid © Getty Images
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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, ending Manchester United's hopes of bringing him back to Old Trafford after saying he could stay at the club for the rest of his career.

Ronaldo and club president Florentino Perez appeared in the Royal Box at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon to announce the new five-year deal, with Real releasing a picture of the signing on their official Twitter account.

Restoring order at Real

Celebrating what he does best © Getty Images
  • The saying goes that happiness cannot be bought. Almost a year to the day that Cristiano Ronaldo announced to the world that he was not an entirely happy camper, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez provided something for the Portuguese superstar to crack a smile about: a new contract approaching €20 million a year.

    The deal, which has been at the top of Perez's inbox for quite some time, was apparently arranged before the summer and the lengthy transfer soap opera surrounding new boy Gareth Bale. Be that as it may, the timing of the announcement is no accident.

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Madrid have not confirmed Ronaldo's salary or whether he was handed a re-signing fee but some sources suggest he will be on as much as €18m a year after tax - around £288,000 a week - plus 50% of his image rights, making him the world's best-paid player.

Ronaldo, who had two years remaining on his previous deal, had been linked with a move away from Madrid in the summer, with the likes of United and Paris Saint-Germain reported to have shown interest.

But speaking at the announcement of his new contract, he said: "I am staying here for the fans, and it could be for the rest of my career. I will be honest with you, everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years. Manchester is in the past.

"Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I'm really happy here. I'll be here five more years. I just want to win trophies for this club. I respect all the clubs who ask about me. But they always know that my decision, that my only goal is to be here and to play at this club until, maybe, the end of my career.

"The future nobody knows."

He has 204 goals in 203 games for Real Madrid and in all probability he will finish his career as the club's all-time leading scorer. Raul stands on 323.

He said the agreement had been reached "at the end of the season - I then gave my word to Real, and the chairman his word to me".

Ronaldo scored for Madrid in their 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Saturday, with debutant Gareth Bale having netted the first.

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