- Ronaldo to give friends his UEFA League £750, 000 winning bonus
Real Madrid came from behind to claim the Champions League crown in extra time at the expense of Atletico Madrid.
Diego Godin profited from an Iker Casillas error to head Atletico in front after Gareth Bale had fired wide.
Real fought back after the break and Sergio Ramos finally broke Atletico’s resolve in the 93rd minute, reports the BBC.
Bale put Real in front before Marcelo scored a third and Cristiano Ronaldo added a penalty to seal victory and a 10th European Cup for Real.
Real Madrid players are in line for a substantial bonus for winning the Champions League final—but Cristiano Ronaldo will apparently give away his £750,000 should his side triumph.
According to reports from The Sun, Ronaldo will make the gesture after a conversation in which he claimed the silverware was more important than the money.
A close friend of Ronaldo, who was talking to The Sun, has claimed that the Portugal international and current World Player of the Year will give his huge windfall to his pals if they beat Los Rojiblancos.
The source said: “Cristiano was chatting with the physios and said that winning the Champions League was more important to him than money.
“One of the guys responded, saying: ‘Well then, if we win the Champions League, you could share your prize with us!’
“Cristiano agreed, saying: ‘OK, if we win the Champions League I’ll use the money to offer a car to each one of you, and one to each member of the technical team’. And if there is any money left over, he will donate it to the Messengers of Peace.”
Ronaldo will be playing in his third Champions League final. He won the tournament with Manchester United in 2008 but lost the final the following year with the Red Devils, as Barcelona triumphed.
While the money is considerable, it would, of course, be dwarfed by his annual salary at Real, reported by the Daily Mail to be around £288k a week after tax. The Portuguese star also earns plenty more beyond that in endorsements.