Manchester United to introduce ‘Cristiano Ronaldo rule’ to limit wage cap

Manchester United to introduce ‘Ronaldo rule’ to limit wage cap

According to Daily Mail, Manchester United are set to introduce something called the ‘Ronaldo rule’ to establish a disciplined salary cap for future contracts.

This is set to be done to avoid another situation like how they signed Cristiano Ronaldo for his second spell at Old Trafford for huge wages. It was a transfer that really did not go well with the two parties falling apart and suffering a messy divorce.

The Portuguese superstar apparently earned £500,000 per week before his mutual contract termination with the Red Devils. Man United are apparently keen on preventing such overpaying in the future when they renew existing contracts or sign new players.

Qatari club Al Sadd considering an offer for former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo was in Manchester United on astronomical wages (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

One club that had implemented such a structure so successfully for so long was Liverpool. The Reds were very stringent in the way they went about their business and had a very disciplined salary cap for a long time.

However, the Reds went against their own policy to hand Mohamed Salah a contract where he would earn £300,000 per week after the Egyptian kept holding out for the whole money. It remains to be seen if Man United can resist similar temptation.

Since such a lucrative deal though, Salah has struggled to hit the highs of previous seasons. Liverpool in general have looked like a pale shadow of their former self. It is not necessarily because of this deal but Salah’s form is something to be concerned about.

Can Man United avoid a Salah situation when they attempt to renew David de Gea?
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Can Man United avoid a Salah situation when they attempt to renew David de Gea?
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Man United have been badly managed for so long. This badly managed theme was seen across all facets of the club including transfers, finances and football. The latter has taken a turn for the better under Erik ten Hag.

With the football being played on the pitch improving, the subsequent transfers made in the market have also improved under the Dutch manager. Introducing a disciplined wage cap could go a long way in sorting out the finances too.

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It is also a way to control potential envy amongst the squad and also reiterate the fact that no one is bigger than the team. The problem with this comes when Man United face a ‘Mohamed Salah’ situation.

They will have to remain strong if they do so. While money will continue to remain a big factor in players’ decisions, individuals should be first and foremost keen to play for Manchester United rather than the money – and it’s not like the capped wage here will be peanuts…