Ronaldo, 27, is on £9.6m a year but, because of Spain’s easygoing tax regime, takes home £7.2m, says The Sun.
He is now demanding take-home pay of £12m a year. Even under existing tax rules, that would mean £14.5m a year gross.
The problem for Madrid is that, in two years’ time, Ronaldo’s tax rate will jump from 24 to 52 per cent.
And it means that in order for him to get £12m after tax they will have to cough up almost £25m a year — £480,000 a WEEK.
Madrid chiefs have baulked at the figures he has been discussing, especially with UEFA’S new financial fair play rules due to start in two years’ time too.
The Portuguese star has a massive £791m buyout clause in his contract but by revealing his ‘sadness’ after his brace in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Granada, he has opened the door to a possible move next summer.