Cristiano Ronaldo will receive a 25% pay-cut should Manchester United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils currently sit seventh in the Premier League table after a below-par campaign thus far, but could end the weekend in the top four should they beat West Ham and Tottenham and Arsenal both fail to win.
The race for Europe looks set to go down to the wire, but if Man Utd fail to reach next season’s Champions League, there will be repercussions for Ronaldo.
The Athletic reports that the forward’s salary will be cut by a quarter if his side do not qualify for the continent’s premier club competition.
This revelation comes in a deeper dive about Ronaldo and United’s struggles so far this term, with the reunion not quite going to plan.
He came under heavy fire recently for his stroppy reaction to being substituted in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Brentford.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has since defended the decision to hook Ronaldo and pointed to the goal they scored minutes after the substitution as justification for it.
The report does add that United are generally happy with his conduct following his return, despite wider speculation that he is proving to be a disruptive influence around several young players.
Since arriving back at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has almost single-handedly carried Man Utd into the knockout stages of the Champions League, but has yet to show his best form domestically. He’s scored eight goals in the Premier League this term – half as many as Golden Boot frontrunner Mohamed Salah.