Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed terms on another contract extension with the La Liga giants which will see him remain at the club until 2021.
According to Spanish sports outlet, AS, Ronaldo and Real have agreed on a further three year extension to the 31-year-old’s current deal. This latest extension will expire when the player is 36, effectively ensuring that the star will see out the remainder of his playing days at the club.
With the club since his move from Manchester United back in 2009, Ronaldo has made over 240 league appearances, scoring 265 times, becoming in that time, their top scorer of all time with 371 goals in 359 appearances.
The three time Ballon D’Or winner had previously been linked with a move back to Old Trafford in recent seasons so news of this extension will finally close the door on any potential return to Manchester and the Premier League.
Despite leading Portugal to European Championship glory this past summer, Ronaldo appears, on paper, to entering a period of decline. At 31 he is no longer the blistering quick forward that has tormented defences with his speed and footwork.
That is not to say, however, that he is not a crucial component of Real’s title ambitions. With seven goals in 11 appearances this term, he still plays a vital role in both scoring and supporting fellow stars Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, a fact emphasised by the club’s willingness to hold onto his services for another fives years.
Ronaldo now joins Bale in committing his future to club following recent reports the Welshman put pen to paper already this term.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena