Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo said he could end his career with the Spanish giants after signing a new contract with Madrid yesterday that will run until 2018.
The Portuguese international has scored a remarkable 203 goals in 203 games since joining for a then world record 94 million euros from Manchester United back in 2009. And he is hoping to continue that sensational form for the next five years.
“It’s a privilege for me to continue with this club. It is just like my first day here,” he told a press conference. “I am going to continue with the same spirit of sacrifice and give everything for the shirt. It is a special day for me, I want to thank the president for making this happen and the fans who continue to support me.
“Maybe I will stay here until the end of my career. This club is the biggest in the world and I am extremely happy.” With Ronaldo’s previous deal set to expire in 2015, there was speculation linking the 28-year-old with a return to Old Trafford, but he said United are very much in the past and that a verbal agreement had been in place for a new contract since the end of last season.
“The president gave me his word at the end of the season and I did to him too. It is something that I always wanted and the president also showed his feelings that he wanted me to stay.
“I will be honest. I was in Manchester for six years and they gave me many things that I will never forget, but United is now in the past. “Now I am at home, my family is here and I am happy.
I respect all the other clubs but my objectives are here and to play until possibly the end of my career. You never know what will happen in the future, but I want to be here for five more years and win things.”
Although Madrid did not give details of the contract, the deal is expected to make Ronaldo the world’s highest paid player with Spanish newspaper El Pais reporting that he will earn close to 20 million euros a season.
> Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
> Date of birth: Feb 5, 1985
> Clubs : Nacional Madeira (1995-1997), Sporting Lisbon B (1997-2002), Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003), Manchester United (Eng/2003-2009), Real Madrid (Spa/since 2009)
> National team: Portugal
> Individual Honours: Ballon d'Or (European Footballer of the Year 2008) FIFA World Player of the Year (2008)
> PFA Players' Player of the Year (2006-07, 2007-08)
> Football Writers' Player of the Year (2006-07, 2007-08) Top European Goal Scorer (2007-08, 2010-11)
> Top scorer in the Spanish league with 40 goal (2010-11)
> Top scorer in the English Premiership with 31 goals (2007-08)
> Top scorer in the Champions League (2007-08 with eight goals, 2012-13 with 12 goals).