Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-winning hat-trick won him £850,000 as Manchester United defeated Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
The Portuguese striker put the Red Devils up 2-0 before scoring a late winner from 25 yards in front of the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Ronaldo has already scored 21 goals for United this season, keeping them in contention for the top four despite a few poor performances.
After 12 years abroad with Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo returned to Manchester in the summer. Several performance-related incentives were included in his contract. One was a £750,000 prize if he scored more than 20 goals. In addition, according to The Sun, he will be paid £100,000 for each goal he scored.
Since his first time at United, Ronaldo has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last 16 seasons. There are six games left in the season, which means the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a chance to earn some significant bonuses. He continues to play a key role in United’s offense, which helps his prospects.
If he finishes as the team’s top scorer, the 37-year-old will be paid £1 million. Bruno Fernandes, the Portuguese star, is currently his closest rival, having scored nine times. It nearly guarantees that the No. 7 will receive a larger financial bonanza.
Time is against him, but if he scores 30 goals this season, he would earn about £2.75 million in goal-related bonuses, on top of his already astronomical pay. Following Saturday’s win, Ralf Rangnick informed his players that they can no longer rely on Ronaldo to get them out of bad circumstances.
Despite his achievements, the Portuguese star’s future remains unknown. Erik ten Hag is due to arrive this summer and is said to have qualms about Ronaldo’s departure as he begins to shape the group at Old Trafford. The Ajax coach will use techniques that appear to be at variance with the forward’s style of play.
Rangnick gave no guarantees about Ronaldo’s future, saying that the next man must make the final decision. He told reporters, “In the end, this is not my decision.” “Cristiano’s contract has been extended for another year. This will be a decision made jointly by the incoming manager and the board.
“Again, he shown against Tottenham and in today’s game that he can be the difference maker in moments like these, in games like these, and it’s no surprise that he has the best goalscoring record of all time.” He demonstrated that today as well.”