Cristiano Ronaldo linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and PSG following 'sadness' comment

 

Cristiano Ronaldo's statement on Sunday that he is "sad" has sparked rumours that he could be set for an exit from Real Madrid.

The forward's comments came after his side's 3-0 victory over Granada - a match in which Ronaldo scored twice to reach the incredible milestone of 150 goals in 150 games for the La Liga champions.

During the match, Ronaldo made a very public show of discontent, refusing to celebrate after hitting the back of the net. After the game, he spoke to the media in which he revealed he was sad but refused to elaborate.

The reason for the world's most expensive player's unhappiness is not certain. There are claims that he is upset with his team-mates for the lack of support in his battle to be recognised as the best player on the planet. It has been claimed he is not talking to Marcelo, who after Euro 2012 said that Iker Casillas should win the Ballon d'Or at the end of the year and not his team's greatest goal threat.

The most popular suggestion is that he is unhappy at no longer being the best paid player in the world. Ronaldo earns €13m a year at the Bernabeu - which works out at £215,000-a-week. That puts him behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is on £240,000-a-week after signing for Paris Saint-Germain, Wayne Rooney's £250,000-a-week at Old Trafford and the world's highest earner - Samuel Eto'o - who reportedly earns £330,000-a-week at Russian club Anzhi.

There have been more ridiculous suggestions as well, with one betting firm offering odds of 5/1 that his sadness is due to him running out of hair gel.

Today, there are rumours that Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG could bid for the Portuguese international in light of his comments. One newspaper goes as far as to suggest City are lining up a £95m deal.

Although any move seems very unlikely. It is understood club president Florentino Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez have called Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, who confirmed there was no offer on the table from any other clubs for his client.

PSG have also distanced themselves from a move, with sporting director Leonardo telling the media today: "Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player. We don't talk about others teams' players - that's respect.

"Ibrahimovic is the best striker in the world. So why hire Ronaldo? Zlatan is unique. When we talk about the best players, there is Ronaldo and Messi - but they are not strikers. The best striker, that's Zlatan."

There is a release clause in Ronaldo's contract - but that stands at €1bn - even for all the wealth at PSG and City, paying such a sum is inconceivable.

Ronaldo's relationship with Jose Mourinho is also understood to be harmonious, with the player seen asking his manager's permission before disappearing down the tunnel after Sunday's victory.

Ronaldo was applauded off by supporters after the win which left Real five points behind Barcelona going into the international break.

Related stories...

'Why hire Cristiano Ronaldo when we have Zlatan Ibrahimovic?': PSG distance themselves from Real Madrid striker

Alvaro Arbeloa vows to support Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo (£10m a year) is 'sad' not to be best paid player in the world

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techYahoo Japan launches service to delete your files and email your relatives when you die
Life and Style
Child's play: letting young people roam outdoors directly contradicts the current climate
lifeHow much independence should children have?
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
booksFind out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
<p><strong>2008</strong></p>
<p>Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr cements his comeback from drug problems by bagging the lead role in Iron Man. Two further films follow</p>
filmRobert Downey Jr named Hollywood's highest paid actor for second year running
Life and Style
Dale Bolinger arranged to meet the girl via a fetish website
life
Property
Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island
propertyYours for a cool £4m
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor