Ronaldo’s greed for more than 200,000 pound-a-week wages shocks Madrid bosses

June 19th, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Alex Ferguson London, June 19 (ANI): Cristiano Ronaldo has stunned Real Madrid bosses by claiming their world record 200,000 pound-a-week wages offer is not enough.

The Portuguese winger is not only not ready to settle for his 9.5 million pound salary to play for the Spanish giants, but also wants a huge slice of the profits from all merchandising involving his name.

Ronaldo, 24, is demanding half the profits from the sale of shirts, scarves, books, posters and flags, and that could rake him in an extra 20 million pound over six years, the Daily Star reports.

His greed has shocked Real Madrid chiefs, who were relying on the vast income from Ronaldo merchandise to help fund his world record 80 million pound transfer from Manchester United.

Though the row will not derail the deal, it could delay it for a month, plunging Premier League champs United into chaos. Sir Alex Ferguson is relying on the Ronaldo cash to rebuild his team, but cannot splash out until it is a done deal.

A United insider said last night: “While the transfer fee itself is settled, the personal terms are still under discussion. Merchandising rights are complicated and this could drag on. Cristiano is a shrewd businessman as well as the world’s greatest footballer.”

“He owns his own CR7 brand of clothes stores and is all too aware of the value of anything with his name attached. He’s not going to give that up.”

If Real meet Ronaldo’s demands it would mean the La Liga side smashing its image rights pay structure and upsetting other stars. (ANI)

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