Ronaldo no longer Real’s highest earner

Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer Real Madrid's highest earning player after Gareth Bale signed a new contract that runs until 2022.

His handsome deal, worth £600,000-a-week, includes a one billion euro buy-out clause.

Bale's signing of the contract effectively ends any interest in the winger from clubs abroad. Premier League giants Manchester United were said to have had an interest in the Wales superstar.

Bale was the world's most expensive player when he moved to Real from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, however, his transfer fee was eclipsed when Paul Pogba moved to Manchester United in August.

Nonetheless, the 27-year-old has enjoyed huge success with Los Blancos after winning the UEFA Champions League on two occasions.

With the player staying at the club until 2022, it appears he has been earmarked as Ronaldo's long-term successor. 

The Portugal superstar is 31 and has a deal which runs until 2018, although he is yet to extend his contract in the Spanish capital.

Bale becomes the fourth Real player to agree to a contract extension in October – Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez all put pen to paper on new deals in the past month.

And, Bale will become Madrid's highest earner as he will take home approximately £350,000-a-week after tax. Ronaldo currently banks around £290,000-a-week for the Spanish giants.

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