Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid exit amid tax accusations – reports
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wants to quit the club this summer after accusations of tax evasion were made against him, according to reports in Portugal and Spain.
Earlier this week, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo, 32, of failing to pay €14.7 million on image rights earned between 2011 and 2014.
The prosecutor claimed the Portugal captain “took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights.”
Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute released a statement following the accusations saying that “no offshore structure for evading taxes” was ever created and stressing that “it is clear the player did not try to evade taxes.”
Speaking from Portugal’s base in Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup, Ronaldo said that his “conscience is clear” and posted a photograph of himself holding a finger to his lips on Instagram on Thursday with the caption: “Sometimes the best answer is to be quiet.”
However, A Bola reported on Friday that privately he feels upset at the treatment he has received from authorities in Spain and that he believes he is being made an example of because of his status.
As a result, the reports in the Portuguese newspaper add, he has told Madrid of his desire to leave Spain this summer.
Madrid-based newspaper Marca has since confirmed A Bola’s report and says the European champions are currently trying to convince Ronaldo, who signed a new contract with them until 2021 in November, to stay at the club.
Marca added that as well as feeling persecuted by the Spanish authorities, the forward also feels he has been unfairly treated by the media and that Madrid have not done enough to support him.
Ronaldo has said on several occasions he would like to retire at Madrid and ended the season scoring two goals as they won the Champions League for the third time in four years.
Under Zinedine Zidane, Madrid also clinched their first La Liga title in five years last season, while the last two campaigns have been the most successful since Ronaldo signed from Manchester United in 2009.