Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Portugal vs. Mexico amid transfer speculation
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 7:33
Madrid were rocked on Friday when Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed the 32-year-old no longer wanted to play in Spain amid scrutiny over his tax affairs, a story that sources close to the player have seemingly since confirmed to other global news outlets.
Following the tax allegations, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption: "Sometimes the best answer it's to be quiet".
Jorge Mendes, who is one of the most influential personalities in soccer, is also Ronaldo's agent.
Ronaldo's advisers, though, have been told to find him a new club outside Spain because he is angry after being accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) between 2011 and 2014.
Real have always been admirers of the Belgian winger and have repeatedly tried to sign him in the past, and now he could be used as a pawn to snatch Ronaldo from under United's nose. Apart from the English and French clubs, the 32-year-old football megastar could also ink a deal with professional team from China that is more than willing to spend half-a-billion dollars to acquire the Ronaldo brand, The Washington Post reported.
United spend a summer trying to negotiate Ronaldo's transfer - and miss out on their other targets as a result.
He's been happy here, he helped us to win three Champions Leagues over the past four years, so I hope he will stay.
"He loved the club, the fans, the city and I don't rule out a move back".