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Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to leave Real Madrid and quit Spain'

Jon Wilde 16 Jun 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo (credit: Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is the subject of widespread speculation after media reports escalated that he wants to quit Spain having been accused of defrauding the country’s tax authorities.

The 32-year-old Portuguese superstar is reported to be “outraged” at what he feels is unfair treatment after prosecutors claimed he had paid £12.8million less tax than he should have done.

Media reports quote a source who says Ronaldo “feels great indignation” with all the speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations - which he contests - and has made a decision to leave Spain.

Earlier this week, Ronaldo's management agency Gestifute released a statement which said: “There is no tax evasion scheme…there has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything”.

Ronaldo, who only signed a new five-year contract in November, posted a picture of himself on Instagram with his fingers to his lips and the caption: “Sometimes the best answer is to be quiet.”

The potential availability of the Portugal international, one of the most marketable players in the world, would alert a number of top clubs plus big-spending Chinese Super League teams looking to make a statement.

However, his Real contract is understood to have a one billion euros (£874million) buyout clause and in May, Forbes calculated his pre-tax salary as being close to £45million a year.

Ronaldo has helped Real Madrid win the Champions League three times, scoring twice in last month's final as they won 4-1 against Juventus in Cardiff to become the first club to retain the European title since the current version began in 1991.

He also became only the second player to score in three different finals and is the Champions League record goalscorer with 105.

Ronaldo has also won two La Liga titles with the club he joined from Manchester United for £80million in 2009, the year after he won the Champions League for the first time with the Red Devils in Moscow.

Ironically, Ronaldo’s arch-rival Lionel Messi threatened to quit Spain over tax affairs in 2014 and although he was found guilty of concealing around £3.5million from the authorities, he has remained with Barcelona having been issued with a suspended jail sentence and £1.8million fine.


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