While the former Manchester United star insisted it had nothing to do with money but more recognition, Spanish publication Marca promptly revealed that he's demands of becoming the world's highest paid player was rejected by Los Blancos.
United will have to part with a tonne of cash if a return to Old Trafford ever materialises for Ronaldo and at 33, this is surely the last possibility of that happening.
According to reports, Ronaldo is said to have "various dissatisfactions" with Real - including his wage packet which is said to be lower than Lionel Messi and Neymar's.
Ronaldo looked likely to double the advantage in quick time when Fernandes released him into the area, but Salhi was quick off his line to divert the left-footed finish.
On Monday night "El Partidazo" radio show claimed to have information that Ronaldo was now asking Madrid for €75m net a year, up from his current annual salary of €42m [before taxes].
The five-time Ballon d'Or victor issued a peculiar statement after their UEFA Champions League final victory over Liverpool speaking about his time in Madrid in past tense.
Ronaldo has a place in the list's top three for a sixth successive year, while Neymar has moved 13 places to fifth after his €222 million move with PSG in 2017.
TeamTalk are citing a report from AS that claims Ronaldo has made a decision to leave Madrid after they refused to meet his salary demands following talks over yet another contract extension. But his representatives have since backtracked by telling ESPN FC that it is too early to know whether he will sign a new contract or move to a new club this summer.
We expect this one to drag out until the end of the World Cup.