Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case July 31
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:53
The 32-year-old signed a new contract with Real until 2021 last November and has a release clause of €1 billion.
Prosecutors in Madrid recently filed a complaint to a court accusing the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations, claiming the 32-year-old created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014, thus defrauding the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.
Perez found out about Ronaldo's anger through the front cover of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, but has not spoken to him since his man-of-the-match display in the Champions League final win against Juventus.
But the situation has stuck in the craw for Ronaldo, leading the Portugal captain to tell those close to him that he wants to quit the club and the country.
Spanish prosecutors have alleged that Ronaldo has defrauded them of €14.8m (£12.9m).
Speaking on Monday after his reelection as club president, Perez made no mention of Ronaldo in his first public appearance since Portuguese media reported on Friday that Ronaldo was considering leaving Spain after a public prosecutor accused him of tax fraud. "I have not spoken to any [other clubs]".
Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.
"He has a contract and he needs to complete it".