A new report from A Bola a newspaper in Portugal said that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has made his decision to leave Real Madrid amidst scrutiny over hits taxes in Spain.
Representatives of Ronaldo have denied the accusations made that the world’s best player concealed his earnings and defrauded tax authorities in Spain out of more than €14.7 million.
The club expressed its full confidence in Ronaldo in a prepared statement it released this week.
The Portugal international, who is 32, then published a post in Instagram with an accompanying caption that said sometimes the best answer is to be quiet.
However, the publication in Portugal claims that the current holder of the Ballon d’Or wants to leave Spain after the Confederations Cup campaign that Portugal is participating in.
The newspaper said that Ronaldo’s decision was irreversible and that he already had told the president of Real Madrid.
Marca, a newspaper in Spain known for links to hierarchy at Real Madrid claimed that club officials were stunned and have sought to reassure Cristiano and convince him to stay at the Bernabeu.
His former club Manchester United and France’s Paris Saint-Germain are possible destinations for Ronaldo should he indeed look to leave the recent winners of the Champions League.
Madrid prosecutors on Tuesday filed a complaint with the court that accused the superstar of conscious and voluntary breach of tax obligations.
The court complaint alleges that Ronaldo back in 2010 built a business structure to conceal his earnings made from image rights from 2011 to 2014.
However, the company that Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent owns known as Gestifute released a prepared statement that detailed the arrangements his client had for payments related to image rights and vehemently insisted there never was any concealment or even the slightest intention to do so.
Gestifute was established back in 2004 when Ronaldo first signed with Manchester United and did not amount to any structure offshore for evading taxes.
Madrid offered Ronaldo its support and believes he will end up proven innocent.
Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates won the Champions League title June 3 with a 4-1 victory over Italian side Juventus. The club also won La Liga, the topflight professional soccer league in Spain.
Ronaldo has talked about a possible return to United but if the reports are true, his return there might be sooner than later.