*Could Retire At Real –
Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year contract with the European Champions, which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021.
He will be 36 by the time the new contract runs out in 2021, meaning he is likely to see out his career at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese, who is Real’s all-time top scorer with 371 goals in 360 games, is reported to be in line for an increase on his current salary, estimated to be $23 million.
His new salary is estimated at £440k – which will see leapfrog Gareth Bale’s £360k, making him the highest-paid player at Real Madrid.
Bale, last week signed a bumper new 6-year-deal with Real, following the footsteps of midfield duo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Ronaldo remains the world’s highest paid sportsman according to American magazine Forbes, raking in $88 million between his salary and endorsements in 2016.
Speaking at the signing held in the presidential box of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, attented by club president Florentino Pérez, Ronaldo said: “I like to thank the president, the club, my teammates, all those who have helped me reach
this stage. It is a very important day for me. I’ve said many times, I carry this club in my heart. It’s not going to be my last contract, but it will be very special. I’m at the best club in the world. Real has a great memory.
“I want to continue being the best. I want to continue my time here — scoring goals, winning titles. Thank you to Real Madrid football club.”
He continued: “No one knows what the future holds. Of course, I want to end my club career here but this is my penultimate contract.
“5 years is a long time. I want to give my best and keep creating history with the club. I want to continue learning. This is a dream year for me. There’s more to come
“I live in the present. The future will take care of itself. I don’t know where I will be in 30 years’ time but I will be associated with Real Madrid.
“I’ve matured and developed as a player since I came here. I feel the warmth of all those around me. I want to enjoy the rest of my playing days. I still want to improve.
“The season is long. There are a lot to be won.”
The 31-year-old has won one La Liga title, two King’s Cups and two Champions League titles since joining Real from Manchester United in 2008.