Real Madrid set to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a new contract - Reports

Real Madrid set to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a new contract - Reports Real Madrid set to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a new contract - Reports

Real Madrid are set to reward their superstar –Cristiano Ronaldo with a new deal after having reportedly won back their faith with his recent performances. The Portuguese skipper has had a brilliant start to 2018 and his recent showings have been enough to win the heart of the Blacos hierarchy, who are ready to meet his salary demands which will pull him level with Barcelona star and perennial rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has been imperious since the beginning of the New Year – scoring 17 goals in 12 appearances for Real and this, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Mirror's Martin Domin) has been enough to win back Florentino Perez’s heart.

The defending La Liga champions reportedly pay 33-year-old reportedly £28 million per year but are now willing to increase his salary to £35 million per year – which will draw him level with what Barcelona and PSG pay to Messi and Neymar respectively.

A 25-per cent increase in pay will truly be another astounding achievement for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as he moves into the twilight of his career.

But then again, we are not talking about any average player here and his importance to the team was again highlighted by his manager Zinedine Zidane in a recent press conference:

Ronaldo had a very ordinary start to the season – especially in La Liga – scoring only four in his first 18 appearances in the league before the turn of the year.

The former Manchester United man, however, been back to his devastating best in 2018 – bagging 14 goals in his last eight outings in La Liga.

An extension in offing?

While it remains uncertain as to whether Ronaldo will get an extension from Real but it now seems that he might get a bump in terms of pay. His current contract runs out at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Whilst many may still criticise Real’s decision – he has proved once again how vital he is to the team. He has been the game-changer for Real in the Champions League (scoring in each of their eight games) whilst his slump in form coincided with Real’s failure to mount a defence for the La Liga crown this season.

Ronaldo has been hounded by critics and distractors all his life but has always find a way to shut every one of them up. And it has been no different this season as he sharply focused on his shot selection in the past few months to get back to his best.

Focus on your game, on football, and forget about everything else," was Zidane’s advice to Ronaldo earlier this season and he certainly. And now it looks like he has again pulled himself back amongst the elite of football yet again – this time salary wise.

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