Ronaldo's desire to become best paid footballer in world opens door to City and Chelsea
21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012
Cristiano Ronaldo's ambition to become the world's best paid footballer is causing a growing rift with Real Madrid that has alerted Europe's big-spending clubs.
Russian-owned Chelsea, along with Arab-backed Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, head the list of interested parties as the 27-year-old agitates for a huge pay rise to bring him into line with high earner Samuel Eto'o.
Show me the money: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) wants a better wage
TOP 10 BEST PAID PLAYERS IN THE WORLD
1 S Eto’o (Anzhi) 15.91m
2 Z Ibrahimovic (PSG) 11.54m
3 W Rooney (Man Utd) 10.98m
4 Y Toure (Man City) 10.34m
5 S Aguero (Man City) 9.95m
6 D Drogba (Shanghai) 9.55m
7 F Torres (Chelsea) 8.6m
8 D Conca (Guangzhou) 8.4m
9 L Messi (Barcelona) 8.35m
10 C Ronaldo (R Madrid) 7.98m
Ronaldo's salary at Real sees him
10th in the high earners' list at 7.98million net, around half what
Eto'o earns at rich Russian club Anzhi.
His immediate target is a 50 per cent increase to around 11.8million net.
But the issue is complicated by Ronaldo's dissatisfaction at his image rights – 50 per cent of which are owned by the club – and Spain's revised tax laws.
Ronaldo earns 13.45million from off-pitch deals.
That means he is effectively paying his own wages at the Bernabeu.
'I'm sad because of a professional issue and the club know why,' Ronaldo said this month.
Ronaldo is governed by 'Beckham's Law', the regulation which stipulates Real must pay 24 per cent tax.
But with Spain's economy in turmoil, that figure has been increased to 52 per cent.
Bidding for Ronaldo would start at the 80million Real paid Manchester United for him in 2009.
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