Cristiano Ronaldo's Man Utd bonuses show full expectation of Old Trafford success
The Portuguese superstar is back at Old Trafford more than 12 years after leaving the club amid a great deal of fanfare and expectation.
The 36-year-old joined United following three seasons at Juventus and he took a substantial pay cut to return to the English club but is on a basic £475,000-per-week salary at the Red Devils.
Ronaldo was earning close to £900,000-per-week in total at the Bianconeri and whilst his basic salary has been significantly reduced, his unshakeable self-belief in success has been illustrated in the negotiation of three standout add-ons.
The forward’s confidence in both his success on a personal level and for United as a club is evident in the terms negotiated for his bonuses.
Ronaldo is due to bag an additional £1million in earnings if any of three conditions are met, which whilst representing a financial outlay for the club, would signal a hugely successful and profitable campaign.
The Portuguese would receive the whopping payment if United were to win the Champions League during his time with the club, or if he wins either the annual Ballon d’Or award or the UEFA Player of the Year gong.
That the leading international goal scorer of all time was willing to compromise on his lucrative pay packet at Juve to accept United’s reduced - if heavily performance-incentivised terms - demonstrates that Ronaldo believes huge successes are possible in his return to Old Trafford.
The details have been outlined by a report in the Daily Star to show that Ronaldo’s deal thrashed out with United is largely dependent upon his returns on the pitch.
The veteran forward has penned a two-year contract with United but there is an option for that contract to be extended for an additional campaign.
Ronaldo’s relentless work ethic and supreme physical conditions have led to suggestions that the record-breaking forward could continue his playing career into his 40s.
He has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years and was the Golden Boot winner at this summer’s European Championships with five goals, despite Portugal being eliminated at the Round of 16 stage.
Ronaldo has continued his staggering goal scoring rate at club level despite his advancing years - netting 101 goals in three campaigns at Juve prior to this summer’s switch back to United.
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Upon returning to the club, Ronaldo insisted he was still hungry for more trophies and awards: “I am not here for a vacation.
“Before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before, many years ago, but I am here to win again.
“I am capable, me and my teammates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.
“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”
Saturday was the latest demonstration that he can still be prolific in the Premier League as he grabbed a brace in the thrashing of Newcastle.
The 36-year-old twice gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the lead in the match, before a thunderbolt strike from Bruno Fernandes and a late goal from substitute Jesse Lingard wrapped up the points.
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