Man Utd to hand Ronaldo record £150,000-a-week contract

Manchester United are set to make Cristiano Ronaldo the highest paid player in the Premiership - on a cool £150,000-a-week.

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The Sun says Ronaldo is set to sign a new £40million deal with United. The Portuguese winger, 23, will put pen to paper on the five-year deal before Euro 2008.

Ronaldo's current contract had four years to run but United want to stave off Real Madrid.

A United source said: "This will be the biggest contract in the club's history. Given Ronaldo's achievements over the past two years, it's easy to understand why.

"There is no doubt he is the best player in the world and we want to make sure he is happy at United. There is only one place for him and that is Old Trafford."

Ronaldo's new deal will dwarf that of team-mate Wayne Rooney on £112,000 a week.

He leapfrogs the Chelsea quartet of Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko - both on £130,000 a week - and Frank Lampard and John Terry, who are on £120,000 a week.

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