Ronaldo’s goal helped Real win the the Club World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Gremio on Saturday.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos termed Cristiano Ronaldo as a “legend” who deserves respect. Ramos’s statement came amid the fresh rumours according to which, Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future at Los Blancos is doubtful.
“Our No. 7 is a forward like we have never seen,” Ramos said. “He is already a legend and will be recognised as one of the best players in the history of football. Cristiano has a very important weight in the team, we all respect him,” Ramos told Telefoot and was quoted by ESPNFC.
According to another report by Marca, Ronaldo’s main bone of contention is moolah with both FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar possessing bigger contracts than his current Real deal.
Further complicating matters is Ronaldo’s ongoing issues with the Spanish tax authorities, who still maintain that he has committed a 14.7 million euro ($17.38 million) tax fraud.
Real president Florentino Perez on Saturday refuted the rumours saying the former Manchester United star should see out his career at the club, but added that the 32-year-old still has three-and-a-half years to run on a deal signed just over 12 months ago.