Ron­aldo ‘wants Eng­land re­turn’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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.

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