Ronaldo summoned to answer judge's questions on tax fraud

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was accused by the Spanish Authorities of evading tax of 14.7m euros may have to miss the opportunity of playing for his team in a friendly match against arch-rivals Barcelona as he has been summoned to court on July 31.

And Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo at United for six seasons, hopes his former club can finalise a deal for the four-time Ballon d'Or victor.

The Portugal forward is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

However club president Florentino Perez disclosed that no offers had been received by Real to tempt Ronaldo away and the club was determined to keep him.

Ronaldo exit rumours have become a yearly occurrence in the summer, and these accusations mean a move is perhaps more likely, but fans of Real Madrid can still rest easy.

"Ronaldo is a Real player and will continue to be so as far as we are concerned", Perez told Marca sports daily Tuesday.

"I haven't spoken with Cristiano, I learned about it because of what came out in the newspapers".

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.

"But will he leave Real Madrid?".

United have always maintained that they are interested in the world's best players, but manager Jose Mourinho said in February that he did not want the club to chase "impossible deals". Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted.

The prosecutor said last Tuesday that there was evidence that Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the money he had made from image rights.

As for Mourinho, Manchester United 54-year-old Portuguese coach, he stands accused of two counts of tax fraud while he coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013.

Ronaldo is reportedly ready to quit Madrid after allegations that he owes £12.9 million in unpaid taxes.

  • Julie Sanders