The reigning Ballon dÓr and Best FIFA Men’s Player award winner is believed to feel singled out for disproportionate treatment after Spanish prosecutors accused him of evading tax of 14.7 million euros. Despite talk that the disgruntled star is returning to Manchester United, newly re-elected Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ‘not contemplating’ that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the European champions.
Ina an interview with a radio station, Perez revealed his plans to speak with Ronaldo personally in the next couple of days. He said, “I have not spoken to him. I have heard about the Cristiano situation from what newspapers have written. I know Cristiano, he’s a good guy as a professional and as a person. This is very strange and in the next few days I’ll talk to him. I must defend him at all costs, both as a player and a person. I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years. What I will say is that everyone must fulfil their tax obligations. I have no doubt that Cristiano will be able to defend himself. I’m not contemplating that Cristiano will leave. Right now he is a Madrid player. Something very odd will have to happen for him to go.”
When Perez had returned as president eight years ago, he signed Ronaldo with the intent of a world-record signing of £225 million summer spree which also saw the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso moving to real. The portugese has since become Madrid’s all-time record goal scorer, winning individual and collective awards aplenty during his stay in the Spanish capital.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for their former forward. However, Perez has claimed that he hasn’t spoken to Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG president or with anybody for this matter. They haven’t received any offers for Cristiano, Morata or James either.