Furious Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer after the being accused of avoiding tax, according to a report in Portugal.
Portuguese publication A Bola lead with the article on their front page this morning and suggest the Portugal forward is “outraged” after being accused of evading €14.7million (£13million) in tax by Spanish prosecutors – a story which, later on Friday, was echoed by all the sources believed to be close to the player.
The prosecutors office in Madrid this week confirmed they had filed a lawsuit against the former Manchester United star – a fact which does not seem to have gone down well with the 32-year-ol.
The report also claims that Ronaldo’s decision to leave the La Liga champios is “irreversible” and the player has already told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez of his decision.
— M/L FOOTBALL (@MercatoLiveFR) June 16, 2017
And Marca claim Real have set Ronaldo’s price tag at £160million, while The Sun claim Manchester United and PSG “are the two clubs leading the race” to land the player.
Meanwhile, there is a theory that the media are simply being used by Ronaldo to show his displeasure about being accused of avoiding tax.
Ronaldo wants to leave Spain. Either he will leave or we (the media) are being used to show how angry he is at being accused of avoiding tax
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 16, 2017
Ronaldo posted an Instagram image yesterday saying: “Sometimes the best answer is to be quiet,” in the wake of the allegations and later claimed he had a ““clear conscience”.
Ronaldo’s representatives have always denied the allegations, while Real Madrid, have also thrown their support behind the superstar forward and backed him to prove his innocence.
That though has not stopped Ronaldo deciding to leave the country, according to today’s reports and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is sure to have been made aware by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.
Ronaldo played for United for six years after arriving in 2003 before leaving for Real in 2009 and scored 84 goals in 196 games and was firmly a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford.
He is currently on international duty with Portugal as the national team are making their final preparations for this summer’s Confederations Cup.
He signed a five-year contract extension in November and helped guide Madrid to the La Liga title and the Champions League last season, scoring 42 goals in 46 games.