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It seems that the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year's image rights are the sticking point at present...

According to a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Cristiano Ronaldo's potential transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid has hit a snag.

The 24-year-old is expected to join Los Blancos in a deal worth €94 million (£80m).

Although the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year is apparently set to earn €11.7m (£10m) each year in wages - around €234,000-a-week (£200,000) - it seems that his agent, Jorge Mendes, is still negotiating his image rights.

It is claimed that Los Blancos are hoping to take a 50 per cent cut of the Portugal international's image rights, as they are said to have agreed with Kaka.

However, it is thought that Ronaldo's representative is reluctant to share the earnings from deals with the likes of Nike and Banco Espirito Santo, despite the prospect of receiving money from Los Merengues' merchandise with his name on it.

It is thought that an accord will be reached between the two parties, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez assuring Ronaldo he can expect at least a further €3.2m (£2.75m) if he agrees to take up their option.

The Spanish giants are hoping to conclude a deal in time to present Ronaldo alongside Kaka at the Santiago Bernabeu on either June 29 or 30.

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com


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