Cristiano Ronaldo ‘will face a 25 per cent pay cut next season should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League’ which would see his £385,000 a week contract drop below the £300,000 mark
Cristiano Ronaldo will have his £385,000 a week salary docked by 25 per cent next season should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.
The Portuguese forward returned to Old Trafford this summer in a stunning £20million transfer from Juventus, but both he and the club are struggling for form with United currently sitting in seventh place.
Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils are two points behind fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand, but top-four rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have played one match fewer than United in an intense four-way battle for Champions League football.
Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly face a pay cut of 25 per cent if Man United fail to get top four
Ronaldo (left) and United are struggling this season and currently lie in seventh place
And according to The Athletic, Ronaldo will see his salary docked if the club cannot breach the gap to fourth-place between now and the end of May.
That would mean Ronaldo’s £385,000 a week wage will dip below the £300,000 mark to £288,000 a week – which would be the lowest wage salary the 36-year-old has earned in some years.
Sportsmail revealed last year that Ronaldo accepted a significant drop from the £500,000 a week package he had at Juventus in order to complete his Old Trafford return.
Despite that drop in wage, Ronaldo is still the highest-earning star in Rangnick’s squad, with United goalkeeper David de Gea next on the list on a reported £375,000 a week.
Ronaldo took a pay cut from his £500,000 a week deal at Juventus to move to United last year
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 23 matches since making the move back to United last summer, but only eight of them have come in the Premier League.
However, the Portuguese forward has continued his excellent Champions League record by scoring in every single group stage match for United this season, as they progressed out of a tricky group with Spanish side Villarreal and Serie A’s Atalanta.
United could view the Champions League knockout route as a way of qualifying for next season’s tournament.
The Red Devils have Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 and Ronaldo could be a good asset in their European aspirations.