An unnamed Chinese Super League club has reportedly offered Real Madrid £176million for superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
They are ready to offer Ronaldo £105m-a-year – making him the highest paid athlete ever – according to Marca.
A successful £175.7 million bid for Ronaldo would make him the most expensive player in history for the second time, with his £80 million move from Manchester United to Real back in 2009 having been record-breaking at the time.
The most ever paid for a player is the £89 million United spent on Paul Pogba last summer, but it seems a Chinese club is preparing to almost double that figure in an attempt to snap up the 32-year-old Ronaldo.
That would mean a weekly salary of £2m for the 32-year-old, dwarfing the current reported record figure of £798,000-a-week that is being paid by Hebei China Fortune for Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Ronaldo recently laughed off any potential move away from Real Madrid when quizzed by a reporter for Deportes Cuatro but did then state that “nothing is impossible.”
The Ballon d’Or winner has also been linked with a return to Manchester United and a switch to PSG but Real would almost certainly turn down any offers from European rivals, according to the report in The Sun.
However, despite the astronomical figures on offer, a move to China still seems unlikely.
He only signed his latest contract with Real, which lasts until 2021, last November, and he remains arguably the best player in the world and Los Blancos’ talisman.