Cristiano Ronaldo: Why Real Madrid Star Is Staying Put

Matt WestCorrespondent IISeptember 10, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid competes for the ball with Guilherme M. Siqueira (R) of Granada during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 2, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo is not going anywhere.

Ronaldo, one of the best two or three soccer players in the world, has always had a certain amount of controversy following him. He has never been one to shy away from the headlines, and has even been described as egocentric by a former teammate.

His most recent headline-grabbing action has made the 27-year-old forward a target for criticism. It has also created speculation that he is interested in signing with another team.

With that said, the Portuguese star will not be changing teams anytime soon, and will continue to thrive for Real Madrid.

First is the report from Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, who explained that he hasn't noticed any signs of detachment or disinterest on the part of his world-famous running mate (via Zee News). While that, in and of itself, does not prove Ronaldo is completely satisfied with his position on the team, it certainly shows that he is not disrupting the overall composition of the team.

Then came the report from Fox Soccer that big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala have no interest in pursuing Ronaldo. The team's sporting director, Roberto Carlos, refuted any claims that his recent visit to the training ground at Madrid was an overture on his part toward Ronaldo.

This is about a world-renowned athlete making a comment to the media and it being instantly blown out of proportion. I refuse to believe this comment was made to facilitate a trade or make a statement about his financial state with the club.

Ronaldo was the third-highest-paid soccer player in the world last year, pulling in £27 million in combined on- and off-the-field contracts. Overall, he's worth an estimated $160 million.

I don't believe the comment was made about money, nor do I believe it was an indictment on the team itself.

This is just what Ronaldo does.

He was unhappy about not being named UEFA's best player in Europe, and he'll continue to do things to upset certain groups of people.

Don't expect the rumor mill to end or for this superstar to quiet down when it comes to the media.

But he most certainly won't be changing colors for a new club.