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RONALDO TO EARN £365 000 PER WEEK

Three-time Ballon d’Or insists he will carry on playing beyond expiry of contract which will run out in 2021, when he’ll be 36.

CRISTIANO Ronaldo signed his new five-year contract at Real Madrid on Monday and declared – I’ve got 10 years left at the top.

Ronaldo follows the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in penning new contracts at the club.

The 31-year-old has signed until 2021 but hinted in the presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu that he wanted to finish playing aged 41 declaring his latest deal his ‘penultimate’ contract and said 500 career goals for the club was not beyond him.

Ronaldo remains the club’s top earner with his extended deal although his £365,000-a-week wage is not set to change substantially. He is already the club’s all time top scorer and if he sees out his new deal he will have spent 12 seasons at the Bernabeu – one season more than the club’s all-time greatest Alfredo Di Stefano.

He said: ‘This is a special day for me, extending my links with this club, the club of my heart. Renewing for five years is very special and let it be clear that this is not the last contract.

‘I want to keep making history and I’m sure that in the next five years I will keep scoring goals and winning trophies with the best club in the world. I want to finish my career at this club but I want this to be my penultimate contract.’

Asked if he wanted to outdo Ferenc Puskas who played until he was 39 he said: ‘Forty-one,’ and when asked about what he had left to give he added: ‘I think I have got 10 years left.’

Ronaldo was shown a film of some of his best goals for the club. There was also footage of his 2009 presentation at the Bernabeu in front of 80,000 expectant supporters.

None of them will have been disappointed by subsequent successes and Ronaldo admitted he had achieved more than even he could have dreamed. He said: ‘I did not expect these figures in such a short time. But it comes from a lot of work from me and from the team. I want to keep making history. Five years is a long time but I want to go on learning and winning.’

He was asked if he was tired of the criticism that comes when he does not score – criticism that he heard again at the weekend after failing to find the net in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes.

Ronaldo has scored 371 goals for the club to date and is looking to surpass the 500-mark

The new deal at the Bernabeu deal will take him to 2021, when he will be 36.

He described his new deal as his ‘penultimate’ one with the hope of playing for 10 more years

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to carry on playing until the age of 41

Real’s No 7 arrives for his press conference on Monday to speak about his new contract
The former Manchester United man joined Real Madrid in July 2009 for £80million

The former Manchester United man joined Real Madrid in July 2009 for £80 million

Ronaldo won his third Champions League winner’s medal in May by guiding Real to victory

Ronaldo has scored 371 goals for the club to date and is looking to surpass the 500-mark

THE TOP-10 BEST-PAID FOOTBALLERS IN THE WORLD

1= Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £365,000 per week £19m per year*

1= Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £365,000 per week £19m per year*

3 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) £346,000 per week £18m per year*

4 Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £317,000 per week £16.5m per year

5 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £290,000 per week £15m per year

6 Neymar (Barcelona) £289,000 per week £15m per year*

7= Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) £260,000 per week £13.5m per year

7= Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £260,000 per week £13.5m per year

9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) £250,000 per week £13m per year

10= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) £240,000 per week £12.5m per year

10= Yaya Toure (Manchester City) £240,000 per week £12.5m per year

All estimated figures are pre-tax, except * where figures are post-tax. Sums may vary according to bonus payments.

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