In November 2016, in the box of honor of the Santiago Bernabéu, Cristiano Ronaldo was photographed with Florentino Pérez in another image for the history of Real Madrid ] The Portuguese signed his new contract, until 2021, and sealed the most successful alliance he has given to the white club in the last half century.
“This is not my last contract” said that Christian day, honor to his ambition. The player arrived from a brilliant year, with the achievement of the Champions and the Eurocopa in the same year. “Football has no memory but you (for Florentino) and Madrid do” added Ronaldo. The union between the two has been even more fruitful later.
It has been less than two years of that and things have changed a lot. Since then, Cristiano has fared better and has been the undisputed leader of a team that won five titles, including the Twelfth European Cup. And it is not only in the collective aspect, in which Real Madrid was so good. In the individual, his figure has grown enormously with performances for the history of football. More decisive than ever, in 2018 is still the most relevant player in the Champions League which is the best competition to judge a player.
It is that tournament that this Wednesday appears on the road of Real Madrid, which did things so well eight days ago that now has the luxury of being able to experience a quarter-final return the Champions with calm . The visit of Juventus to the Bernabéu (8:45 pm) is more a procedure than a life-or-death match. The 0-3 of the first leg does not encourage to believe in a white hecatomb.
Despite the result, will play Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer of the Champions this year (14, for now), the previous (12) and the previous one (16) . The only player in the history of this competition to score in every game in an edition, Portuguese is insatiable. His Chilean goal in Turin increased his legend in Europe and confirmed that he is the most decisive and relevant player in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo charges after that last renewal of 2016, 21 million euros net which become 25 with easy-to-comply bonuses. In addition to being 15 net less than those perceived by Leo Messi which after its last renewal at the end of last year went on to collect 36 net (plus 20 gross per year for five seasons thanks to the renewal bonus), the Real Madrid star is the sixth highest paid player in the world. It surpasses him, besides Messi, Neymar (PSG, 33 million euros), Carlos Tévez (Shanghai Shenhua, 32), Óscar (Shanghai Sipg, 24) and Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune, 21).
“Cristiano is the great heir of Di Stéfano and it reflects the values of Real Madrid, he is our historical top scorer and represents everything we are. Talent, work, sacrifice , professionalism, ambition. Cristiano today is the symbol of Madrid “, commented Florentino Pérez in an interview this Tuesday at La Gazzetta dello Sport .
Since its last renovation, Cristiano has won two 'The Best' Awards and two Golden Balls a prize in which he has matched Messi (five). And, for the present, is close to the sixth, in the absence of the final stretch of the season with Real Madrid and the World Cup in Russia. For now, player and club were summoned to summer to improve the contract, which should improve by 15 million euros net annual if Cristiano continues to ask to be the highest paid in the world. The solution can be found in the medium term.
Madrid play their eighth consecutive semifinal
Real Madrid welcome Juventus on Wednesday, already playing the semifinals after a legendary game in Turin. L the whites have gone from being six years in a row without stepping on this round (2004-2010) to do it eight consecutive years (2011-present), unless the Italian team leads a comeback that today nobody imagines.
With the gala team only modified by the entry of Vallejo by the sanctioned Ramos and the again doubt Bale or Isco or Asensio in the third attack, Madrid will seek to finalize Juventus and close a historical series in which the Italian team always eliminated the whites in eliminatory. Times change and Zidane's team takes that thorn away.
In Juventus, unless the miracle (or much more than that) to go up in the Bernabéu, you will see the last European game of Buffon a myth of world football that continues to dodge the withdrawal, even with 40 years and already with a low level. Beside him, a team without Dybala (expelled in the first leg) and with old acquaintances of the Bernabéu as Khedira and Higuaín .
Although the tie is already 99% closed, The Champions in Madrid enters another dimension and even the most insignificant match can be entertaining. That is the challenge of the European champion, neither to be trusted nor to give in to comfort. You should not lose sight of something more important: stay at the best competitive level to reach perfect semifinals.