Remember last month when we told you about how Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly inked a lifetime contract with Nike that is believed to be worth over one billion dollars? Turns out that was only the beginning, because, according to ESPN FC, CR7's agent said the Portuguese star turned down a deal to join a Chinese Super League club that would have paid him over $100 million per year!
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia in an interview Thursday night, Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes had this to day.
"From China, they've offered $316 million to Real Madrid and more than $105 million per year to the player," Mendes said.
"But money is not everything; the Spanish club is his life."
As the ESPN FC piece points out, the transfer fee of over $316 million would have nearly tripled the record price that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in the summer—which was $110 million.
The ESPN FC article also points out that the Chinese club proposed a weekly salary of over $2 million—it's believed Ronaldo earns $350,000 per week under his current deal with La Liga club, Real Madrid.
After inking a new extension with Madrid and earning that lifetime deal with Nike in November, then collecting his fourth career Ballon d'Or earlier this month, Cristiano Ronaldo remains the top soccer player in the world—but Mendes makes it sound like the Chinese club never stood a chance to lure Ronaldo from Madrid.
"The Chinese market is a new market," Mendes said. "They can buy a lot of players, but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo."
Must be nice to have the luxury of saying no to $105 million per year to play soccer.