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Cristiano Ronaldo Is 'Upset' After Failure To Qualify For Champions League Triggers 25% Salary Reduction

Jack Kenmare

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Cristiano Ronaldo Is 'Upset' After Failure To Qualify For Champions League Triggers 25% Salary Reduction

Manchester United's failure to qualify for the Champions League has triggered a 25% reduction on players' salaries, according to reports – and it's a consequence that has 'upset' Cristiano Ronaldo.

With one year left on his current deal, the 37-year-old forward has asked to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Ronaldo's burning desire to play in Europe's elite competition for the remainder of his career is one of the driving factors behind his decision, but two other issues have since emerged in a recent report.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

For one, the club's inactivity in the transfer market has been a source of frustration for Portugal's all-time top goalscorer.

It looks like United are close to completing moves for Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia, while rumours of a big-money move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong continue to swirl.

But Ronaldo has 'grown impatient with their response to a disastrous season', according to the Manchester Evening News.

In addition to frustations surrounding a lack of signings, the report claims Ronaldo has been left 'upset' by the reduction of player salaries [25%] as a result of their failure to attain Champions League football.

When he penned a deal at Old Trafford, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner agreed a £480,000-a-week contract with the club but this season, he would be set to earn a salary of £360,000 as United play in the Europa League.

Ronaldo believes he has 'three or four years' left at the highest level, but dressing room sources still believe he will stay at the club, say the Manchester Evening News.

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A number of clubs, including Chelsea and Bayern Munich, have held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible move.

Mendes even spoke to Barca president Joan Laporta during a recent trip to Barcelona, according to Spanish publication AS.

Thoughts on Ronaldo potentially moving on from United after a year? Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Transfers, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours

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