Ronaldo caps ‘dream year’ af­ter Madrid con­tract ex­ten­sion

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Life in Madrid cer­tainly seems to agree with Cris­tiano Ronaldo.

The Por­tu­gal for­ward signed a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Real Madrid yes­ter­day, cap­ping an ex­cep­tional year af­ter tri­umphs with his club in the Cham­pi­ons League and with his na­tional team in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

“This is the best mo­ment in my life,” Ronaldo said. “Af­ter win­ning the Cham­pi­ons with Madrid, the Euro with Por­tu­gal and now hav­ing my con­tract ex­tended, it’s a dream year. This is too spe­cial. Life is good, I’m telling you.”

Wear­ing jeans, a black jacket and glasses, Ronaldo signed the new five-year con­tract along­side club pres­i­dent Florentino Perez, then was given a Madrid jersey with the num­ber 2021 on the back.

The deal keeps Ronaldo tied to Madrid un­til June 2021, when he will be 36 years old. His pre­vi­ous con­tract would have ended in 2018.

“It’s not my last con­tract, let’s make it clear,” he said with a smile.

The three-time world player of the year is Madrid’s all-time lead­ing scorer with 372 goals in 360 matches. He has scored more than 50 goals in the last six sea­sons and is two short of be­com­ing the first player to score 100 goals in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions. Ronaldo led Madrid to two Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles and to a Span­ish league ti­tle, among other tro­phies.

“I’m not go­ing to lie, I didn’t ex­pect to have these great num­bers by now,” Ronaldo said. “I want to keep mak­ing his­tory and giv­ing my best with this jersey. I want to keep do­ing what I have been do­ing, scor­ing goals and help­ing this club win tro­phies.”

He feels the num­bers should be enough to give him a fourth player of the year award, but said “it’s not up to me to vote, so I’m not wor­ried with that.”

Ronaldo ar­rived in Madrid from Manch­ester United in 2009. He will have played 12 sea­sons with the Span­ish pow­er­house if he stays through the end of the new con­tract.

“Ronaldo has be­come an icon for this club, the sym­bol of the best club in the his­tory of foot­ball,” Perez said. “There is no doubt that there will be a ‘be­fore Ronaldo’ and an ‘af­ter Ronaldo’ for Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ronaldo, right, poses with Real Madrid Pres­i­dent Florentino Perez af­ter sign­ing a new con­tract yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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