Revealed: Ronaldo becomes the best-paid Premier League player ever

Robin Bairner
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United and will become the best-paid Premier League player in history.

Ronaldo indicated previously on Friday his intention to leave Juventus, though it was considered likely he would be going to Manchester City.

However, in a dramatic twist, Ronaldo has wound up at his former club, where he picked up the 2008 Ballon d’Or after helping the Red Devils to win the Champions League earlier that season.

If Man Utd managed to sign Ronaldo for the cut-price of €28m, they have not been able to scrimp on the superstar’s wages as he will smash the Premier League record in terms of salary over the duration of a contract that is believed to be two years long.

How much does Cristiano Ronaldo earn at Man Utd?

The Manchester Evening News reports that Ronaldo will scoop a weekly wage of £480,000, far in excess of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is presently the greatest paid player in the league.

Indeed, before Ronaldo switched to United, the odds seemed set that Harry Kane would be the man to break the Belgian’s mark. According to reports, the England captain is negotiating a deal worth £400,000 per week with Tottenham.

ClubWeekly Wage (£)
Cristiano RonaldoMan Utd480,000
Kevin De BruyneMan City385,000
David de GeaMan Utd375,000
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal350,000
Romelu LukakuChelsea350,000
Kai HavertzChelsea310,000
Raheem SterlingMan City300,000
Jack GrealishMan City300,000
Harry KaneTottenham300,000

But Ronaldo’s wage is far in excess of that, reflecting the career of a player who has broken records at the three clubs at which he has spent the bulk of his professional career. Indeed, with five Champions League titles and five Ballons d’Or to his credit, there are few players with such a glittering history in the game.

Ronaldo’s weekly wage means that he will earn £25 million per year. In euros, this figure stands around €29m, which is just short of what Lionel Messi and Neymar presently earn with Paris Saint-Germain. Both have a reported wage of around €35m.