He also clearly wants to move to Real Madrid this summer, who are alleged to have offered him a mind blowing £184,000 per week. A transfer fee of £70m has also been mentioned.
As an Arsenal fan, I started off by finding this story quite hilarious - imagine how shite Manure will be next season without their Portugese hairdresser? What a relief that Real Madrid aren't courting one of our players for the first summer in a decade. Long summers of torture over Overmars, Anelka, Vieira, Henry all come flooding back.
However, I think the Ronaldo state of affairs is actually quite depressing for everyone, not just ManUre. It reflects the truth that football is really just about money for most players, and as the fans who buy the tickets, shirts and Sky subscriptions, we are all guilty of feeding the machine.
Looking from an Arsenal perspecrive, most pundits and blogsites are furiously demanding a raft of signings. The spending has to be big and it has to be now, otherwise Wenger has to be sacked. The idiocy of that sentiment is revealed by the hypocricy that every fan who demands £100m of talent to be purchased by Wenger this summer, is either also demanding absolute loyalty from the raft of promising youngsters that they will be condemning to the bench (Walcott & Vela spring to mind), or they are quite happy to move them on to anyone willing to buy them (Rosicky, Eboue and Senderos to name but a few). That is to ask for the world and the stars.
Being an absolute cut-throat does not sit easily with trying to engender loyalty elsewhere in the squad. If a player feels that they are not on a fair wage and their agent tells them that they can earn more elsewhere, then why the hell should the player not move on if thats what they want to do?
The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to move to Real Madrid highlights this dilemma. Is he a money grabbing mercenary or a shrewd pragmatist that dreams of playing football in Madrid rather that the shitehole of Manchester? I think both views are equally valid.
It also reveals that you cannot buy loyalty from anyone. It doesn't matter what wages we offer Cesc, Adebayor or anyone else. There will always be someone willing to pay more. So long as the player feels that Arsenal are paying a fair wage, then they will stay because they are enjoying their football and don't want to risk moving to another team and failing.
There is absolutely no-one better at judging players in world football than Arsene Wenger. Trust him.