Madrid to ex­tend Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s con­tract un­til 2021

Malta Independent - - SPORTS -

Real Madrid has reached a deal to ex­tend Cris­tiano Ron­aldo's con­tract un­til June 2021, when the three-time world player of the year will be 36.

The Span­ish club said the new con­tract will be signed to­day. Fi­nan­cial de­tails were not re­leased, although the star for­ward is ex­pected to re­main the team's top-paid player.

The an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day came a few hours after Madrid de­feated Le­ganes 3-0 at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu Sta­dium to re­tain the Span­ish league lead.

"The of­fi­cial event for the re­newal of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo's con­tract will take place to­mor­row, Mon­day 7 Novem­ber at 1:30pm in the pres­i­den­tial box at the San­ti­ago Bern­abéu sta­dium," a state­ment read.

"The Por­tuguese for­ward will ex­tend his con­tract un­til 30 June 2021 at the event at­tended by club pres­i­dent Florentino Pérez and the player him­self."

The 31-year-old Ron­aldo is in his eighth sea­son with the Span­ish pow­er­house. He will have played 12 years with the club if he stays through the end of the new con­tract.

The Por­tu­gal for­ward ar­rived in Madrid from Manch­ester United in the sum­mer of 2009. His cur­rent con­tract is due to end in 2018.

The an­nounce­ment of the new deal comes with Ron­aldo fac­ing crit­i­cism for an up-and-down start to a sea­son in which he has played below ex­pec­ta­tions and en­dured un­char­ac­ter­is­tic scor­ing droughts. He has seven goals in 12 matches with Madrid, and hasn't net­ted at the Bern­abeu in five con­sec­u­tive games for his worst scor­ing slump at home.

Ron­aldo was jeered by Madrid fans after a re­cent lack­lus­ter per­for­mance in the Span­ish league.

Ron­aldo's sea­son started later than usual as he re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury sus­tained when Por­tu­gal de­feated France in the fi­nal of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Ron­aldo led Madrid to two Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles — in 2014 and 2016 — and to a Span­ish league ti­tle in 2012. He is two goals short of be­com­ing the first player to score 100 ca­reer goals in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions

Ron­aldo is just the lat­est Madrid star to have its con­tract ex­tended past 2020. The club re­cently reached new deals with Gareth Bale, Luka Mo­dric, Toni Kroos and Lu­cas Vazquez.

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