According to Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, Cristiano Ronaldo’s €1 billion release clause in his Madrid contract was “not there to be paid”.
Perez said that, the European champions “got the highest value we could” when he was sold to Juventus in the summer.
You will recall that Ronaldo moved to Italy for €100 million after nine years at Real Madrid and Perez said that, when it was clear the Portugal captain wanted to leave, Madrid negotiated the best price for him. He said that:
“The release clauses are not there to be paid. If there has to be sale, it’s negotiated.
“We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him. We got the highest value we could”.
Madrid insert high-value release clauses into their players’ contract in an effort to discourage potential suitors and as a symbol of just how much they value their players. Isco, for example, has a €700m release clause in his contract and Luka Modric a €750m fee in his.