Real Madrid boss Perez tackles Ronaldo problem

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has yet to speak with Cristiano Ronaldo regarding speculation that the star forward wants to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud.

Sky Sports is reporting that Ronaldo would be open to a transfer to Old Trafford eight years after the forward moved to Real Madrid in a then-world record £80m deal.

Spanish prosecutors last Tuesday accused Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax related to image rights through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014. "We have not had an offer for Cristiano.the Sheikh at Paris Saint-Germain is a friend of mine and he hasn't called me nor have we talked". "Cristiano is a good guy, I will have to talk with Cristiano and see what's happening".

Perez's expensive and ambitious "Galacticos" project, which later brought the likes of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, now Real's manager, England's David Beckham and Brazil's Ronaldo to the club, had initial success but ended with the team floundering on the pitch, prompting his resignation in February 2006.

He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero (h/t the Mirror's Joe Mewis): "The clause for Cristiano is £1 billion. Within three days of Cardiff, the Electoral Board convened elections and the deadline to submit candidacies recently ended", he began.

The Portuguese has since become Madrid's all-time record goalscorer, winning individual and collective awards aplenty during his stay in the Spanish capital.

And Perez vigorously backed the Portugal skipper, claiming he will be cleared of tax charges against his name and dismissing suggestions Ronaldo's desire to leave could be remedied by the club picking up any potential fine.

The 32-year-old was named man of the match but did not attend the post-match press conference as required, perhaps wary of the questions that would follow.

"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left".

Getting Ronaldo back would tick off all the boxes, as he has shown that he's an unbelievable goal scorer, along with being one of the most marketable players in the game.

The Spanish prosecution in the indictment alleged that Ronaldo had evaded tax "in a conscious and voluntary manner".

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