Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid for the next “four, five, six, seven years” according to Jorge Mendes, the super-agent who has been so integral throughout the soccer ace’s career.
Mendes believes that the former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United attacker will ultimately retire at the Bernabeu, which is despite the fact that there have been myriad rumors linking the player with a move away from the Spanish capital.
Jorge Mendes made these remarks after he picked up the Agent Of The Year award in Dubai at the Globe Soccer Awards. Speaking to Sky Sports, via the Daily Mail, Jorge Mendes said of Ronaldo, “He’s the best player of all-time. And I am sure that he will play the next four, five, six, seven years at Real Madrid; he will end his career there. He’s happy with Los Blancos; he’ll hang up his boots when he’s 40.”
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Earlier this season, Cristiano Ronaldo was heavily linked to a transfer away from Real Madrid, especially after he was pictured whispering a message to Laurent Blanc after the Spanish giants defeated Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League group stages.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo has since insisted that his conversation with Blanc wasn’t about a potential transfer to the French capital, and was instead much more innocent.
The Portuguese player told Antena3, via the Mirror, “I have talked to many people. When people treat me well, I treat [them] well. A muddle that does not exist was put together.”
“What happened with Blanc was that he had spoken very well about me before and I only thanked him for this declarations and I told him that I had liked them a lot. And with the Paris president, I have known him for many years. He seems very nice and he has always treated me well. That’s what happened.”
Thirty-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo insisted during the same interview that he isn’t looking to leave Real Madrid, and he even declared that he is going to stay at the club at least until his contract expires in two years.
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According to Sky Sports, Ronaldo remarked regarding the speculation over him possibly leaving the Bernabeu, “It is speculation. Every year, the same thing,” he then added. “I am calm, I feel good, and I am happy here. I have two years of contract and I am going to stay here.”
There have previously been rumors of a rift between Cristiano Ronaldo and the new Real Madrid manager, Rafael Benitez. The Spanish manager has come under a lot of criticism from Real Madrid supporters ever since they lost 4-0 to Barcelona last month.
However, Ronaldo was quick to insist that he was firmly behind the Real Madrid manager, declaring, via Sky Sports,”[Benitez] is doing a good job, he is adapting well and must be given time. We have won five games in a row and we are improving. It’s normal. In a club like this, when things aren’t going well, the people criticise. Benitez must be given time.”
Last week, because of the winter break for the Spanish soccer league, Cristiano Ronaldo made a trip to Miami to watch the Miami Heat take on the Detroit Pistons. The Real Madrid forward watched the Heat narrowly defeat the Pistons by 93-92, while he was given a warm reception by the Miami crowd and he was even presented with his own basketball jersey that had his name and number on the back.
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