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Real Madrid will ask Ronaldo to take pay cut

Real Madrid are very open to the possibility of bringing Ronaldo back to the Bernabéu, where the player is eager to return. However, the Juventus striker would have to accept a pay cut.

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Real Madrid will ask Ronaldo to take pay cut
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Conversations between Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives and Real Madrid are ongoing. The 36-year-old striker wants to return to the club and it is very possible that the move could happen.

Although it is not a top priority for Madrid, with Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland still the main focus, a move for Ronaldo is not being ruled out. And even high-ranking club figures such as coach Zinedine Zidane and Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueño, have spoken openly about the Portuguese superstar’s possible return. "It can happen," said the French coach when asked about the exciting possibility of Ronaldo’s Bernabéu comeback.

Zidane would be delighted to have Ronaldo back in his squad.

Ronaldo make moves, now Real Madrid must act

After Cristiano has expressed his willingness to return, it is now Madrid's turn to act. The strategy for the coming season has been in plan for several months now. Although the plan did not initially contemplate the return of the club’s legendary number ‘7’, that option is now seriously valued by the club’s top brass.

But of course one of the key factors will be the financial one. Madrid has been careful with its finances for years now and, for that reason, the economic crisis caused by the pandemic has not affected the club to the same degree as other big clubs on the continent.

However, the club has still suffered losses like everyone else and is forced to closely evaluate its financial position before undertaking any large signings. Cristiano's would not be so much about the price (around €25 million) but more about his salary.

Ronaldo would have to take pay cut at Real Madrid

His current salary at Juventus is €31 million a year. Madrid will not be able to reach that amount and would ask him to accept €25 million should the club decide to undertake the operation.

It would still make him the highest paid member of the squad, but it is still considerably less than what he is making in Italy.

Juventus open to Ronaldo sale

As previously reported by AS, Juventus is willing to listen to offers for Cristiano. This season is bordering on disaster for the Old Lady, following the shock elimination from the Champions League last 16 at the hands of Porto and with retention of their Serie A title almost an impossibility at this point. Big changes are planned for next season. And to finance those changes, the club needs cash and to lighten the current wage bill.

At the moment, the Serie A giants are happy to keep Ronaldo, but will not rule out a sale if a decent offer comes in that could prove beneficial for the club’s plans for the immediate future.