Cristiano Ronaldo set to lose out on £5m windfall as Man Utd contract clauses emerge

Ronaldo took a drop in salary with significant add-ons when he rejoined Manchester United, but the club’s miserable season will prove costly for the 37-year-old

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Manchester United’s miserable season is set to cost Cristiano Ronaldo at least £5million.

Ronaldo took a huge pay cut to re-join United from Juventus last summer, swapping his basic £800,000-a-week salary for a reduced – though still stellar – contract at Old Trafford. The Portugal legend signed a cool £450,000-a-week, two-year deal with United, with a number of significant add-ons included in order for Ronaldo to make up the difference.

Unfortunately for both United and Ronaldo, many of those add-ons were predicated on the Red Devils enjoying a successful 2021/22 season that has already all but ended in March. United were expected to challenge for the Premier League title and also put on a strong showing in Europe, but the club will end the season trophyless and face a real threat of missing out on Champions League football next season.

Ralf Rangnick’s side had already crashed out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup before exiting the Champions League round-of-16 stage to Atletico Madrid before the international break, and now trail Arsenal by four points having played a game more in the race for the top four. Ronaldo stood to earn £2.5m had United won the Champions League, while he also would have pocketed personal bonuses relating to the Premier League – from a title triumph to a top-four finish – which would have doubled that tally.

The 37-year-old is still likely to earn add-ons from finishing as the club’s top scorer this term given his 18 goals in all competitions put him nine ahead of Bruno Fernandes, United’s next highest scorer. However, United’s miserable campaign means Ronaldo stands to lose out on at least £5m in a dent to his net worth.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future at the club also remains unclear beyond this summer, with an exit increasingly likely if United are consigned to Europa League – or worse – next season. Mirror Football reported earlier this year that United would not stand in Ronaldo’s way were he to push for a move at the end of the season, given the realisation that the high-profile move has not been a perfect fit for either the club or the player himself.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return has not gone to plan


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Despite a frustrating season at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has still found the net regularly this term and recently became the all-time greatest scorer in the men’s game. A stunning hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Tottenham took Ronaldo’s career tally to 807 goals in FIFA-recognised matches.

The one trophy Ronaldo is yet to get his hands on is the World Cup, though his dream remains alive after Portugal beat Turkey 3-1 in the qualifier play-off on Thursday night. That result means Portugal will now face North Macedonia – who knocked out Italy in their own play-off – on March 29 in a straight shootout for a place in the Finals in Qatar later this year.

Following Portugal’s win, Ronaldo took to Instagram to ensure his team-mates remain focused, writing: “The first step has been taken towards our great objective, towards the 2022 World Cup. Nothing is won, nothing is achieved. We have to continue to work in a serious and focused way, respecting the opponent but always believing in our abilities. Power Portugal! Go to Qatar!”

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