Ronaldo summoned for tax hearing

He then moved to Chelsea of the English Premier League before taking over at Manchester United a year ago.

After leaving Madrid, he returned to England for a second spell with Chelsea before joining United, with whom he won the Europa League and the League Cup in the season just finished.

Outraged at being unfairly treated by Spanish tax authorities, Ronaldo had earlier expressed his intentions to leave Real Madrid C.F. and Spain.

According to media reports Ronaldo is unsettled at Real Madrid because he believes the European champions did not back him as fully as he had hoped in his dispute with the taxman.

"In Ronaldo's case, the former Manchester United winger is accused of having diverted some €150m of advertising revenue through a shell company in the British Virgin Islands".

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel 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 Madrid prosecutor said the case was presented to a local court.

According to elconfidencial.com, the Real Madrid group has urged Spanish newspapers not to use images in which Ronaldo is wearing the Real T-shirt because they don't want to be associated with the scandal.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco were all linked with the Portugal global, who reportedly felt persecuted by the Spanish media.

Real president Perez, who was re-elected to his position unopposed this week, gave a lengthy interview with Onda Cero on Monday (19 June) which was inevitably dominated by the subject of Ronaldo.

I have not spoken to him since Cardiff.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, while Real Madrid released a statement saying they had "full confidence" in their player and were "absolutely convinced that (he) will prove his total innocence". "I am sure that Cristiano complies with his tax duties, it must be a confusion that will be cleared". I don't see him playing in China or the Middle East. "And neither have we made any offers for anybody".

  • Julie Sanders