REVEALED: Manchester United will pay Cristiano Ronaldo £6MILLION-a-year LESS than his Juventus wage as returning superstar agrees to salary cut… but he’ll still be the highest earner at Old Trafford
- Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a wage cut following his Man United return
- The Red Devils sensationally swooped to bring the 36-year-old back to the club
- Sportsmail understands that Ronaldo will be on less than his Juventus wage
- The Portuguese superstar will remain United’s highest paid player, however
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes set the Ballon d’Or superstar’s wage demands at £20million a year, equating to £385,000 a week, in order to secure a rapid departure from Turin before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. The 36-year-old striker was on £500,000 a week in Italy.
Though Ronaldo becomes United’s highest-paid player ahead of David de Gea, a source involved in the transfer said: ‘He is on less than he was at Juventus.’ Mendes had contacted several Premier League clubs about Ronaldo’s availability and terms, with City believing they were serious contenders at one stage.
Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a wage cut in order to seal his return to Manchester United
But once United recognised the player would genuinely be released by Juventus for just under £20m, they made a decisive move.
United are still waiting to officially confirm Ronaldo’s transfer despite announcing on Friday they had reached agreement.
Ronaldo is expected to have his medical in Lisbon and his second debut could come against Newcastle on September 11.
Some United fringe players like Dan James may go on loan next week.
Ronaldo’s weekly wage of £480,000 eclipses United’s current highest earner, David de Gea