Cristiano Ronaldo could follow Angel Di Maria out of Real Madrid. According to the Argentinian midfielder, Ronaldo is increasingly disillusioned at the Bernabeu and is aware that he is slipping slowly down the world's highest-paid players list.
Both Di Maria – and fellow Old Trafford newcomer Radamel Falcao – are believed to be now earning more than Ronaldo, not to mention Wayne Rooney who reportedly signed a £300,000 a week deal with United in February.
Di Maria, a close friend of Ronaldo who shares the same agent as the Portuguese superstar, said: "I don't know how much longer Ronaldo can put up with it at Madrid. I get the impression that he is not very happy."
Ronaldo is widely reported to be extremely disappointed with Madrid's transfer policy and had previously said: "I have a very clear opinion but I cannot always say what I think."
Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, said that he was well aware about his client's issues with Madrid.
Top 10 most expensive players ever
Top 10 most expensive players ever
1/10 Gareth Bale - £86million
Tottenham to Real Madrid (2013) - Bale became the world's most expensive player ever when he made the switch from Spurs to Spain.
2/10 Cristiano Ronaldo - £80m
Manchester United to Real Madrid (2009) - Ronaldo smashed the record transfer fee when he left Old Trafford.
3/10 Luis Suarez - £75m
Liverpool to Barcelona (2014) - The Reds cut ties with Suarez after the 2014 World Cup making a £50m profit.
4/10 Neymar - £71.5m
Santos to Barcelona (2013) - The Brazilian finally completed his long awaited move to Europe after a complex deal.
5/10 James Rodriguez - £63m
Monaco to Real Madrid (2014) - After a superb World Cup showing, the Colombian became Real's latest big money signing.
6/10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £59m
Inter Milan to Barcelona (2009) - The Swed only spent two seasons at the Nou Camp despite his mammoth price-tag.
7/10 Kaka - £56m
AC Milan to Real Madrid (2009) - The Brazilian joined in the same summer as Ronaldo but failed to make a real impact at the Bernabeu.
8/10 Edinson Cavani - £55m
Napoli to PSG (2013) - The Uruguayan's deal made him the most expensive player ever purchased by a French team.
9/10 Zinedine Zidane - £53m
Juventus to Real Madrid (2001) - Became the world's most expensive player when he moved to the Bernabeu and more than paid it back, particularly with his spectacular goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.
10/10 Radamel Falcao - £51m
Atletico Madrid to Monaco (2013) - The newly funded Monaco signalled their intent by signing the Colombian.
"Ronaldo's comments are based on things I am aware of and he is at liberty to divulge them. These comments have not surprised me and certainly not upset me. "
Despite interest from Chelsea it seems that if Ronaldo does leave Madrid he will almost certainly head back to United who would welcome him back with open arms.
Ronaldo said this week: "I love Manchester. Everyone knows that. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there. The supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day."
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Having openly challenged Madrid's decision to sell Di Maria to United, Ronaldo praised his former employees for signing Radamel Falcao to rub salt into the wound.
"He is a very good player – I think United did very well. He will be a fantastic buy. They need quality players. And Falcao is a quality player."Reuse content