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Real's Ronaldo crowned Spain's best-paid player

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Real's Ronaldo crowned Spain's best-paid player
Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP
17:15 CEST+02:00
The Portuguese star has renewed his contract at Real Madrid till 2018 in a deal which has made him the best-paid player in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo will earn a whopping €17 million net a year for the next five seasons, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca.

The 28-year-old is believed to have reached an agreement with Real to increase the share of his image rights, which previously stood at 60 percent.

According to Marca, Ronaldo held talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez while the club was on tour in Los Angeles this week.

"It is clear that there is now a better understanding between them", wrote the sports daily without clarifying who their source was.

“For Cristiano, renewing his contract was never going to be just about money, but also about affection. Feeling loved,” added the Real Madrid-focused newspaper.

“Now he feels protected by the president, by the club, by his team-mates and by the fans.”

Sentimentality aside, the Portuguese forward is now the best-paid player in La Liga, earning at the very least €1 million more than his arch nemesis Lionel Messi (who gets €3 million more in incentives) and €2 million more than Barça newcomer Neymar.

In fact, he’s also the second best-paid footballer in the world after former La Liga forward Samuel Eto’o, who cashes in €20 million a year from Russian squad Anzhi.

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