Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to eyeing up a lucrative contract extension, aiming to push his earnings to that of his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi. The Portuguese talisman is currently contracted to Los Blancos until 2021, but he is thought to be eager to extend his stay at the club even further, which could well see him end his illustrious career at Real.
As reported by Spanish outlet Diario Gol, via the Daily Record, the 32-year-old is currently earning around £365k-per-week, but has his mind set on boosting his salary to reach the lofty heights of the £500k weekly salary being demanded by Messi. It is thought that once Messi signs his new deal, Ronaldo will push through his own extended contract.
Ronaldo's future in La Liga looked uncertain in the summer, after the former Manchester United man was embroiled in a tax scandal which evidently tarnished the forward's affection for life in Spain. With the allegations seemingly having blown over, Ronaldo could well see out his career with the Galácticos, as he continues to smash records at the club.
Establishing himself as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Ronaldo has gone from a tenacious at Manchester United to a completely different beast at Real. Bulked up, moved into the centre of the pitch and trusted as his team's main goalscorer, Ronaldo has flourished at the club, scoring an astonishing 413 goals in 404 appearances.
Having been crowned the Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year in a row last week, pipping his rival Messi to the post, Ronaldo added to his already heaving trophy cabinet. The formidable forward will be in London next week, as Real Madrid take on Spurs in what should be a thrilling follow-up to their previous 1-1 Champions League draw in Madrid.