Ron­aldo ‘to exit Real Madrid’ over tax woes

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Real Madrid for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo wants to leave the club and Spain af­ter be­ing ac­cused of com­mit­ting tax fraud in that coun­try, a re­port in Por­tuguese sports daily A Bola said on Fri­day.

The news­pa­per said its story was based on a re­li­able source and that the 32-year-old four-time world player of the year had al­ready made up his mind to ask the club for a trans­fer.

It said that Ron­aldo was “deeply dis­en­chanted” with the allegations against him.

Record, an­other sports daily, car­ried a sim­i­lar story.

Ron­aldo’s agents could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

Span­ish pros­e­cu­tors have filed a law­suit against the player ac­cus­ing him of de­fraud­ing tax au­thor­i­ties of €14.7 mil­lion (R211 mil­lion) by hid­ing his im­age rights in­come be­tween 2011 and 2014. Ron­aldo has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Real Madrid said on Thurs­day they were con­fi­dent the Por­tuguese for­ward had acted legally.

Yes­ter­day, The Sun re­ported that Ron­aldo’s heart is al­ready at Manch­ester United, says for­mer Real Madrid pres­i­dent Ra­mon Calderon.

Ron­aldo led Real Madrid to their 12th Euro­pean Cup ear­lier this month af­ter scor­ing two goals in a 41 vic­tory over Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, be­com­ing the tour­na­ment’s top scorer.

Ron­aldo, Por­tu­gal’s all-time lead­ing scorer, is the lat­est in a long line of soc­cer play­ers in Spain – among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Ney­mar – to be caught up in cases over tax or trans­fers.

Ron­aldo has com­pleted eight sea­sons at Real Madrid since join­ing them from Manch­ester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of €96 mil­lion.

Dur­ing that time, they have won the Cham­pi­ons League three times and La Liga twice. In Novem­ber, he agreed to ex­tend his con­tract un­til 2021.

He is cur­rently at the Confederations Cup in Rus­sia with the Por­tuguese na­tional team where his team mate An­dre Silva said that Ron­aldo was mo­ti­vated for the tour­na­ment.

“All I can say is that he is mo­ti­vated, fo­cused on the na­tional team and en­cour­ag­ing us on to win the tour­na­ment,” he told a news con­fer­ence in Kazan, where Por­tu­gal face Mex­ico on Sun­day.

PHOTO: MATTHIAS HANGST / GETTY IM­AGES

ON THE WAY Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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