Real Madrid should resist Cristiano Ronaldo‘s demands for a bumper new contract even if it leads to their all-time top scorer leaving the La Liga club, says club legend Manolo Sanchis.
A number of reports in Spain have suggested Ronaldo is in the middle of a stand-off with club president Florentino Perez, who doesn’t want to give the Portuguese a pay rise.
The 32-year-old signed his current deal with Real in 2016, but is reported to be demanding another new deal to bring his salary in line with Lionel Messi and Neymar, the top two earners in the game.
“Madrid don’t need to increase his (Ronaldo’s) salary,” Sanchis told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope on Wednesday.
“If Madrid collapse this season, he will be on his way out. (Alfredo) Di Stefano left Madrid so anyone can leave now without it causing a big drama.”