Football: Ronaldo's phenomenal scoring rate earns him record pay, say media
MADRID (AFP) - Cristiano Ronaldo's unstoppable goal-scoring netted him a world record pay packet when he signed a contract renewal tying him to Real Madrid until 2018, Spain's press said on Monday.
Real gave no financial details of the 28-year-old Portugal striker's contract and estimates in the Spanish press varied widely.
Top-selling sports paper Marca said he would earn 17 million euros (S$28.7 million) net a year; El Mundo said he secured 18 million euros net including easily reached bonuses; and sports daily AS said he would receive 21 million euros net.
"How could I not love you?" ran the headline on Marca's front page across a photograph of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez embracing a grinning Ronaldo after the deal was signed on Sunday.