Cristiano Ronaldo Focused On Only Portugal

Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed any talk of Ronaldo leaving the Spanish capital, stating he would only consider a deal if a club met his €1billion buyout clause.

Last year, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from income made from image rights.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor is alleged to have created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide his earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.

Meanwhile in another development, "El Confidencial" reported here Tuesday that Ronaldo will testify in front of the tax authorities here July 31.

Ronaldo's agency, Gestifute, released a statement after the accusations, saying "it is clear that the player did not try to evade taxes" and there was "no offshore structure for evading taxes".

Reports last week had suggested that Ronaldo had chose to leave Madrid after Spanish authorities filed tax evasion charges against him.

Ronaldo is with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published, which said Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid.

"I have not spoken with him".

'I'm not contemplating that Cristiano will leave. It hasn't finished yet and I don't want to disturb the Portuguese team.

The Red Devils were also thought to be keen on signing striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Not according to Perez though, who is determined to keep Real's "core players".

The 70-year-old construction magnate's third term in charge of Europe's most successful club spanning 15 years ― 2000-2006 and since 2009 ― will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu later Monday.

And the fact that boss Jose Mourinho did not have Ronaldo on his original list of transfer targets has played a part in the club being unsure of launching a bid, it further reports.

  • Julie Sanders