Ron­aldo turns down au­da­cious Chi­nese bid

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LON­DON:

World player of the year Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­jected a world record £257mil­lion (300m eu­ros, $317m) bid from China, his agent Jorge Men­des has claimed.

Men­des told Sky Sports Italia on Thurs­day that the un­named Chi­nese Su­per League side had of­fered the 31-year-old Por­tuguese su­per­star a record £85m a year as salary.

“From China, they’ve of­fered 300m eu­ros to Real Madrid and more than 100m (eu­ros) per year to the player,” said Men­des.

“But money is not every­thing. Real Madrid is his life. Cris­tiano is happy at Real Madrid and it is im­pos­si­ble to go to China.” China has through its Su­per League clubs flexed con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial mus­cle in the in­ter­na­tional trans­fer mar­ket, most re­cently buy­ing Brazil­ian in­ter­na­tional Os­car from Chelsea and Ar­gen­tinian vet­eran Car­los Tevez-with the lat­ter re­port­edly set to earn 38mil­lion eu­ros a year. How­ever, Men­des said the star of his sta­ble was out of reach. “The Chi­nese mar­ket is a new mar­ket,” said Men­des. “They can buy a lot of play­ers, but then again it is im­pos­si­ble to go for Ron­aldo.

“Cris­tiano is the best player in the world and best ever. It is nor­mal to have some of­fers.

“He won the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship with Por­tu­gal, it’s like winning the Ital­ian league with Genoa: they were not the favourite,” added the 50year-old Por­tuguese. — AFP

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