Chinese Super League 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo rejected 300 million euro move to Chinese Super League, says his agent

Money is not everything, Real Madrid star’s representative says

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 December, 2016, 9:58am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 December, 2016, 10:16am

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has turned down the chance to leave Real Madrid for an unnamed Chinese club for a transfer fee of 300 million euros (HK$2.4 billion), his agent said on Thursday.

Speaking to Sky Italia at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, Jorge Mendes said the deal would have been worth 100 million euros a year to the Portugal striker.

“From China they’ve offered 300 million euros to Real Madrid and more than 100 million per year to the player,” Mendes was quoted as saying.

“But money is not everything. Real Madrid is his life. Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid and it is impossible to go to China.

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“The Chinese market is a new market. They can buy a lot of players but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo.”

News of the offer made to European champions Real came on the same day Argentine striker Carlos Tevez joined the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua from Boca Juniors.

Shanghai Shenhua said on Thursday that it paid a US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors.

A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid $40 million over two years.

Last week Brazil midfielder Oscar joined local rivals Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea for a fee that media reports put at 60 million euros.