Madrid: Real Madrid have announced the extension of the contract of their Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo until June 30, 2021.
 
 
Efe quoted the club as saying: “The Portuguese forward will extend his contract until June 30, 2021.”
 
Often ranked as the best player in the world, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2015. 
 
He is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world’s most famous athlete.
 
 
The 23-man list is due to be reduced to three candidates on December 2. The ceremony to name the best player will be held on January 9 next year.
 
Portugal captain Ronaldo is the strongest contender to win due to his Champions League and 2016 Euro successes this year
 
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the annual award since 2008. Messi has won it five times and Ronaldo thrice.
 

 

First Published | 7 November 2016 2:44 PM
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