Could Cristiano Ronaldo really LEAVE Juventus? He faces a whopping £10m loss in wages amid the coronavirus outbreak and if chairman Andrea Agnelli can’t find a way to later repay him, the Serie A giants could lose the jewel in their crown
- Cristiano Ronaldo accepted wage cut with Juventus players amid Covid-19 crisis
- He will lose out on £10m over the next four months as finances are hit hard
- There is a chance Juve would have to sell Ronaldo if new terms are not agreed
- But Andrea Agnelli is confident the Portuguese will accept long-term contract
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Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer in Serie A, earning £27.5million per season, guaranteed until June 2022.
Coronavirus is crippling clubs across Europe and Juventus are no different, sparking reports that Ronaldo could leave for just £63m in the summer with the Turin club unable to foot the bill.
So, could the five-time Ballon d’Or winner really be on the way out?
Cristiano Ronaldo took a pay cut along with other players during the coronavirus crisis
His future at the club depends on negotiations with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli
The wage reduction, accepted by Juventus players for the next four months, will save the club £80m.
But Juventus will then have to make up the short-fall, allowing Ronaldo and Co to recoup what they’ve lost when football eventually returns to normality.
Ronaldo cares about his extensive portfolio, including business interests, earnings and sponsorship revenue.
He will end up losing around £10m in the coming months from the wage cut. If Ronaldo was to ask Juventus to give him the approximately £10m left in the budget without extending his contract, the club would be forced to sell him.
Ronaldo is to lose out on £10million that he will look to recoup in a contract extension
Right now, even a wealthy club like Juventus cannot afford to settle debt with their players without renewing contracts and restructuring future payments.
RONALDO’S 2019/2020 SEASON STATS:
Games – 31
Goals – 25
Penalties – 8
Assists – 3
Ronaldo would need to accept these terms, which he is not guaranteed to do and if he doesn’t, a sensational transfer away suddenly becomes possible.
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is confident of agreeing terms on a new deal until 2024 with the Portuguese, cementing the forward’s legendary status at the club.
He would propose spreading the cost of the £10m owed to Ronaldo over the next two seasons.
And Agnelli is confident he will be able to strike a deal because the relationship with Ronaldo is as strong as that with his agent Jorge Mendes, with whom he is starting to discuss new players to recruit in the summer.
Maurizio Sarri will be desperate to hold on to Ronaldo and hopes negotiations go smoothly
Ronaldo has a strong relationship with Agnelli and Juventus are not worried about losing him
As it stands, Juventus are not considering the possibility that Ronaldo will leave but he needs to accept the terms of a new contract and payment structure in the wake of coronavirus.
Agnelli is a shrewd operator and rarely fails to successfully negotiate, especially when it would mean Juventus could lose the jewel in their crown who increases the club’s international appeal with numerous sponsors.
Without being able to repay the shortfall in wage reductions, no club in Europe can guarantee the same salaries for players.
With this in mind, Juventus are not concerned about losing key men. They have a plan in place for renewing deals for Ronaldo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Paulo Dybala and Matthijs de Ligt.
But Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira are expected to be allowed to leave for almost nothing to help Juventus shave £13million off the wage bill as both of their contracts expire next summer.
Blaise Matuidi (left) is among the players Juventus are keen to get off the books
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