Real Madrid shield Cristiano Ronaldo with €1bn buy-out clause

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Real Madrid have put a buy-out clause of a staggering €1 billion in Cristiano Ronaldo's contract in order to shield the player from cash-rich Arab investors.

It means potential suitors would have to fork out for a minimum of €1 billion before the World Player of the Year could leave the Bernabéu.

According to Marca, Real president Florentino Pérez has inserted the breakaway clause to the deal to deter his rivals from pinching the Portuguese star away while he is still under contract.

Pérez still recalls how Manchester City almost dished out €115 million for Kaká back in January and supposedly €150 million to lure Iker Casillas away from Madrid.

Carles Puyol, Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy held the previous record at €180 million, while Lionel Messi's buy-out price is "only" €150 million.

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