Image rights issue could scupper Ronaldo deal

Ronaldo, the four-time Ballon d'Or victor, reportedly wanted a transfer away from Real and out of the country after being accused by Spanish prosecutors last week of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8 million (about £12.9m/$16.5m).

If Cristiano wants to leave Madrid, it will not be for money.

Reigning Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player award victor Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been "outraged" by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

"Two years ago we had the disaster of the late fax, they (United) sent it two minutes late and that was it", Perez said in an interview with Spanish daily Marca on Tuesday, the day after earning a third consecutive mandate with Real.

"I do not think he's going to leave at all", Perez told Onda Cero.

The former United star has a release clause of one billion euros ($1.12 billion) written into his Real Madrid contract, having signed a five-year deal in November 2016. I've heard everything through the newspapers. I have a good relationship and a good friendship with Cristiano and I want to talk to him.

Both players are often compared and contrasted as football fans and media debate who is the world's best footballer. What I have been told is that he is using the same corporate structure that he used in the United Kingdom and there were no problems there.

"I have never told Cristiano to bring me an offer", he added. "This is all very unusual, I will have to speak with him to see what's going on".

"I have not spoken with Ronaldo", Perez said. I know Cristiano and he's a good guy, not just with the ball, but as a person.

Ronaldo is now on global duty with Portugal at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. The principle is that, starting from that principle, and Cristiano has always had the will to fulfil because I know him as a person.

He said: "We haven't spoken to De Gea".

Free-spending Paris St Germain have also been linked with a player that Perez insists there have been no bids for, nor he says has there been any offers for Alvaro Morata or James Rodriguez.

Ronaldo is the number one earning athlete in the entire world, so transferring him is about as complicated as a deal could get.

  • Julie Sanders