CRISTIANO RONALDO’S wages will drop by 25 per cent if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.

The Red Devils star currently earns £480,000 a week at Old Trafford – which works out as nearly £25million a year.

Ronaldo's wages could be slashed if Man Utd do not secure Champions League football


Ronaldo’s wages could be slashed if Man Utd do not secure Champions League footballCredit: EPA

But, according to The Athletic, if Ralf Rangnick‘s men do not finish in the top four or win the Champions League then his wages could fall to £360,000.

However, the report also adds that Man Utd sometimes have “more tapered agreements for individual players” so Ronaldo could avoid the significant wage reduction.

United currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, two points behind fourth place West Ham.

They secured a much-needed 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday evening.

But before that a defeat to Wolves was followed up by a disappointing 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

And Rangnick’s side face stiff competition if they are going to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham are all gunning for fourth – assuming Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea fill the top three spots.

If United do miss out on the top four then they will have to win the Champions League to qualify for the competition next season.

They have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

United travel to Spain for the first leg on February 23, before hosting Diego Simeone’s side in the second leg on March 15.

Only four players have scored more times in Europe’s elite competition than Ronaldo so far this season.

The 36-year-old has netted six times in five Champions League appearances.


Those strikes include vital late goals against Atalanta and Villarreal.

In all competitions, Ronaldo has managed 14 goals in 22 games for the Red Devils.

But he has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford if Champions League football is not secured for the 2022-23 campaign.

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