Photo: Cristiano Ronaldo Contract Renewal
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Florentino Perez, the president of the Madrid soccer club, on Sunday signed the Portuguese star’s renewal contract, which will keep him playing for the club until June 2018.
Ronaldo inked the new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Also present at the signing event, which was broadcast live by Real Madrid television, were director Fernando Fernandez Tapias and the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
“Today’s a great day. We’ve made into reality the wish of all Madrid residents. He will be a player for Real Madrid for the next five years. We’re personally communicating what fans all over the world were demanding: his resigning,” Perez said.
Ronaldo said Sunday that he felt “extremely happy” before responding to reporters’ questions.
He came to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 in a multimillion dollar operation that cost the club about 94 million euros ($125 million).
It was the most expensive signing soccer has ever seen and in the four seasons that Ronaldo has played for the club - he’s now beginning his fifth year with the organization - he has taken the field in 202 official matches, coincidentally scoring 202 goals.
Ronaldo’s resigning came after several months where finally both parties - the player and Real Madrid - managed to reach agreement.
During practically all of last season, his resigning has been one of the club’s main objectives and Perez was at last able to secure the continued services of one of his stars.
When his new contract ends, Ronaldo will be 33 but, he said, he doesn’t know right now whether that will be the point at which he will end his soccer career.