Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case


Neymar passed a medical for Real Madrid prior to signing for Barcelona, according to the La Liga club's president Florentino Perez.

Perez's first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president yesterday will be to appease Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo runs with the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

"I still haven't spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo".

"I am sure that Cristiano complies with his tax duties, it must be a confusion that will be cleared".

Should Ronaldo become available for transfer, there would be interest from Manchester United, his former club, as well as from Paris Saint-Germain and clubs in the Chinese Super League.

Sources close to Ronaldo have indicated that the four-times Ballon d'Or victor has made an "irreversible" decision to leave Real, largely out of indignation at having been accused last week by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8 million (about £12.9 million).

He also said: "We haven't spoken because we were on the deadline for [presidential] nominations and I wanted to be respectful, but I am convinced we will talk and we will solve it".

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According to Sky sources, Ronaldo feels he has been singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of £12.8m.

If they are willing to focus on Ronaldo's productivity to this day, then Real Madrid should expect a hefty offer.

It was billed as Florentino Perez addressing the Ronaldo issue, but when Real Madrid's newly re-elected president gave a round of media interviews, the content was much the same - effectively "I don't know what is going on".

"I have a good relationship and a good friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo and I want to talk to him".

The future of all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez has, however, been thrown into doubt, although Perez said Real has not started conducting their business yet.

Outraged at being unfairly treated by Spanish tax authorities, Ronaldo had earlier expressed his intentions to leave Real Madrid and Spain.

United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for £80m and they have tried to set up a deal for his return on at least one occasion since his departure.

Eight years on, Ronaldo has scored a club-record 406 goals in 394 appearances.