Cristiano Ronaldo turned down a staggering 2 million per week transfer offer.
Cristiano Ronaldo turned down a sensational transfer proposal that would have made him the most paid player in the world, earning an astounding £2 million per week.
The Portuguese great was offered a two-year contract by Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, which would have earned him an astounding £209.5 million over the life of the contract. The 37-year-old was offered a significant raise from his Old Trafford deal, which would have allowed him to easily outperform any other player, but he turned it down.
After his high-profile comeback from Juventus last year after 12 seasons away, Ronaldo was determined to leave the Red Devils this summer after just one season back at Old Trafford. However, this aim was not realized as he stayed at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo was left “upset” at seeing his pay slashed at United after each member of the squad was hit with a 25 per cent cut to their weekly wage – with the 37-year-old, who is the club’s highest earner, seeing the greatest impact to his pay packet. That was due to the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, which Ronaldo is desperate to continue participating in.
Yet the forward received an approach from Al-Hilal on a two-year deal, with the figures reported by Marca meaning he had the opportunity of significantly increasing his pay packet. However, the destination did not appeal to the player.
Ronaldo previously earned £34million (€40m) per annum with favourable Italian tax laws when he was at Juventus, but this has now been lowered to £25.5million (€30m) at Manchester United – the club’s highest paid player.