Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave Manchester United this summer is no secret and Serie A emerged as a possible destination in recent days. According to Il Corriere dello Sport, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was offered to Inter and AC Milan by his agent, Jorge Mendes, but both clubs decided to pass on the opportunity due to the financial implications of the Portugal captain’s salary demands.
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Il Corriere reported that Ronaldo’s salary would have been set at €45 million before tax, but that the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward would not provide Inter and Milan with the option of availing themselves of the advantages of the Growth Decree, which was introduced in 2019 to help Serie A sides sign big-name players from overseas by covering up to 50% of their salary through tax breaks – a scheme that is now under review. As such, the two Milan clubs elected not to pursue the possibility of adding Ronaldo to their ranks.
Ronaldo knows Serie A first-hand after three seasons at Juventus, where he made 134 appearances in which he scored 101 goals and provided 22 assists. He lifted two Serie A titles, an Italian Cup and two Super Cups during his spell in Turin.
Credit: AS English