Ronaldo ‘wants England return’
MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported yesterday. The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his image rights via a complicated web of shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland. However, Ronaldo has insisted he did not create a “special structure” to manage his image rights when he moved to Real in 2009 but simply maintained the one set up in 2004 while he was at Manchester United. That structure had been recommended to the Portuguese captain by United via their specialist sports lawyer Chris Farnell. “Chris told me it was what all the footballers did and I didn’t want to be an exception,” Ronaldo added in court.