Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case July 31 - court

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Ronaldo, the reigning Ballon d'Or award victor, indicated he feels he is being treated unfairly by Spain's tax authorities, whose "persecution" has made him determined to leave Real Madrid and the country, a source confirmed to ESPN FC.

Last week, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 which totaled about $16.5 million.

The Portuguese global is alleged to have knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to hide his image rights income from Spanish authorities. Portuguese sports daily A Bola then reported that Ronaldo was planning on leaving Madrid and it would be an "irreversible" decision.

Florentino Perez has stressed Cristiano Ronaldo will only leave Real Madrid if a club matches his €1billion buyout clause and has slammed those who have called the Portugal worldwide "a delinquent" following his tax issues.

Real Madrid No.10 James Rodriguez has also been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with United also linked with a move for the Colombian attacking star, but Perez was also dismissive of those stories.

Perez added: "What happened to him has affected his credibility".

The Frenchman has won back-to-back Champions League titles in his 18 months in charge as well as snapping a five-year spell without the Liga title, lifting the pressure off Perez, whose position is now stronger than ever.

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Why does Ronaldo want to leave?

"We're used to being the subject of intense transfer speculation during transfer windows", Rummenigge told Bayern's official website. "I love Keylor Navas and the truth is that, back in 2015, I didn't know him as I do now". I haven't spoken to him.

"All I can say is that Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with Madrid".

"I know Cristiano, he's a good guy as a professional and as a person".

"I am sure that Cristiano complies with his tax duties, it must be a confusion that will be cleared". "[I have] complete confidence [that he is innocent], he has always wanted to fulfill his fiscal commitments", Perez said.

Therefore, the electoral board affirmed on Monday that the Spaniard has been elected as the club's president for another four-year term.

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