According to sensational reports just reaching us, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez he wants to leave Spain after being hit with tax evasion charges.
The forward has been alledgedly defrauding the Spanish tax office of 14.7million euros (£12.9m) over image rights payments – allegations he strenuously denies.
Portuguese publications, A Bola revealed this on Friday, stating that the 32-year-old is ‘outraged’ by the treatment he has received and is now planning to leave the country and in consequence, the club.
The Board at Madrid have however commented on the tax fraud allegations but are yet to respond to the rumour that the forward has asked to leave Spain. It can be said that Perez will be ready to go extra miles to keep hold of his ‘precious asset’.
In a statement by club, it read:
‘Real Madrid C.F have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations.
‘Since his arrival at Real Madrid C.F in July 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations.
‘Real Madrid C.F. are absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process.
‘Real Madrid C.F. hope that justice is done as quickly as possible so that his innocence can be proven as soon as possible.’
Ronaldo is contracted to Real Madrid until 2021 and any deal for the former Manchester United star would almost definitely be a world record transfer.
The Portugal international has scored an astonishing 406 goals in 394 appearances for the Real since his arrival from Manchester United in 2009.
He has won all trophies within reach with the club including three Champions Leagues, two LaLiga titles and two Club World Cups since his signing eight years ago.