Real Madrid president, Perez snubs talk of Ronaldo's exit

Solenn Plantier
Juin 22, 2017

A Spanish regional court has ordered Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to testify before an investigating magistrate on suspicion that he defrauded the country of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

Ronaldo, 32, is similarly said to have used a Virgin Islands shell company to to cheat on his taxes - something he denies.

The tax storm has followed him to Russian Federation and Ronaldo's future is the hot subject at each Portugal press conference, but Pepe says he is focused on the job.

The Real Madrid talisman has been linked with a move to the Red Devils in the last week.

" I'm not contemplating Ronaldo leaving".

There have also been suggestions Pepe has been advising his club and worldwide colleague, urging him to leave Madrid for a new challenge, with Paris Saint-Germain and Ronaldo's former club Manchester United thought to be interested. "I don't have a contract [for next season] at the moment and I have no agreement with any club. He's a very good person", he said.

Other football stars have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

"He is a Real Madrid player and will remain so".

Madrid said Ronaldo had their "full confidence", a point president Florentino Perez stressed again on Monday. "That's why I will speak with him when he gets back and see what's up", Perez told Spanish radio Onda Cero yesterday [Macau time].

The Spanish tax authority claims that between 2011 and 2012 Mourinho did not pay €3.3m (£2.9m) in due taxes.

Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of 96 million euros and is their all-time top scorer with 404 goals in 394 games.

On the day Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a Spanish judge on accusations of tax fraud, defender Pepe and coach Fernando Santos tried to pretend the story simply didn't exist.

There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine for tax evasion as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.

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