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Massive pay cut for Manchester United – bound Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed a £6m pay cut to join Manchester United as details of his salary emerged.

According to UK’s Mirror,  the Portuguese superstar will nevertheless be the highest-paid player at United, on a staggering £385,000-per-week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have made one of the most sensational moves of the transfer window, with the imminent signing of Ronaldo rivalling PSG’s capture of Lionel Messi.

The Red Devils announced on Friday they had reached an agreement for the Juventus  forward to return to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes set his client’s wage demands at £20m per year, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The publication says super agent Mendes slashed the 36-year-old’s pay requirements in order to secure a move before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

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 Ronaldo had entered the final 12 months of his Juve contract – believed to be worth £500,000 a week, which equates to £26m per year.

So the forward appears to have sacrificed £6m in potential earnings to return to the club where established himself as a world-class talent, winning three Premier League  titles, the Club World Cup and the first of his five Champions League triumphs.

He will still be the Red Devils’ top earner ahead of goalkeeper David de Gea, who earns £375,000-per-week according to Spotrac.

United appear to have pulled off a coup by landing Ronaldo from under the noses of Manchester City,  after he was also linked with a move to PSG.

But Gary Neville stands by his prediction that his former club will finish third this season despite signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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“No one can complain at Manchester United about the players they’ve signed this summer,” he said on Sky Sports, with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane having also joined the Red Devils.

“I made the predictions that it would be Manchester City, Chelsea  and Manchester United – I’m not going to change that because of the signing of Ronaldo.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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