The final piece of La Decima puzzle? Real Madrid president Florentino Perez certainly hopes so.
Cristiano Ronaldo's renewal at the club represents fantastic news for the Spanish side after what has been a spectacular summer of transfer activity at the Santiago Bernabeu. But more than Isco, Gareth Bale or anyone else, the new deal for the Portuguese star is Madrid's ultimate signing. Now, however, trophies must follow.
For Perez and Ronaldo himself, Sunday's show signified satisfaction: the Madrid president has spoken all summer of his desire and his belief that Cristiano would commit to a new long-term contract, while the player's priority was always to stay in Spain.
That is now a reality. The new deal makes Ronaldo the world's best-paid player in a five-year agreement which will see him bring in close to 20 million euros per year. It is yet another vast outlay in a project that has already costs hundreds of millions. But Cristiano is the cornerstone, and, while fans struggled to stomach the departure of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal earlier this month, failure to secure the services of Ronaldo would have brought genuine disillusion and disenchantment to the Bernabeu faithful.
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