Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes revealed that an unnamed Chinese Super League club offered Real Madrid €300m to sign the Portugal captain. The club were also ready to pay close to €100m in wages per year.
However, Ronaldo rejected the bid and according to Mendes, Real Madrid, with whom he won the 2015/16 Champions League, is an indispensable part of his life. Notably, the 31-year-old won his fourth Ballon d'Or award last month for his outstanding performances in what he terms "a dream year". The Portuguese star led his national team to their maiden European Championship title as well in July and also won the Club World Cup with Real.
Ronaldo also signed a contract extension in November earlier this year with the La Liga giants that would keep him at the club till June 2021. Mendes also stressed on how difficult it will be for "the best player in the world" to go to a new market in China.
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"Money is not everything; the Spanish club is his life. The Chinese market is a new market. They can buy a lot of players, but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo," Mendes told Sky Sports Italia, as quoted by The Guardian.
"Cristiano is the best player in the world and best ever. It is normal to have some offers.
"He won the European Championship with Portugal, it's like winning the Italian league with Genoa: they were not the favourite."
Chinese clubs are spending big money to attract stars from across the globe. Offer for Ronaldo comes days after Argentina veteran Carlos Tevez became one of the highest paid footballers in the world after agreeing to a deal with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. It is believed that he is set to earn around £615,000-a-week with Shanghai Shenhua.
Chelsea star Oscar also left the Premier League club and has agreed to join Shanghai SIPG, where he will earn around £400,000-a-week.