Real Madrid are reportedly refusing to give in to Cristiano Ronaldo’s demands for a pay rise.
The Portuguese star is currently the highest-earner at the Bernabeu after signing a new five-year deal in November 2016.
But after Lionel Messi was handed a bumper new contract at Barcelona and with the mega-money Neymar is on at Paris Saint-Germain, the forward wants greater parity with his rivals.
But Marca claim that the Champions League holders are reluctant to discuss new terms on a £27m-a-year extension.
And means trouble could be brewing between the 32-year-old and Bernabeu chiefs.
Although the former Manchester United superstar is not seeking confrontation with the club, he is adamant that he deserves to be paid the same as Messi and Neymar.
And despite earlier claims that he wanted an extra year added to his existing deal, those reports are believed to be wide of the mark.
He is happy to keep the expiration of his current contract at June 2021.
Ronaldo feels that will be the perfect time to bring down the curtain on his Madrid career when he will be 36 and will have just finished his 12th season in the Spanish capital.
After helping his side to victory at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, the 32-year-old put the issue on the table to the club hierarchy and explained he wanted his situation to be sorted out logically.
However, the board is not considering the option of improving his terms and instead are focusing on renewing deals with for other stars, with Sergio Ramos being their main priority.
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