Thrill of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo outweighs Russia's defeat for host fans

Madrid president Florentino Perez stressed this week his side had no plans to sell the prized asset, but Figo insists no player or executive is bigger than the club when it comes to the Liga and European champions giants.

The four-time world player of the year, who said last week his "conscience is clear", is threatening to leave Madrid over the affair according to Spanish and Portuguese media.

Amid swirling reports that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, comes a fresh report from Spain's Marca that Mourinho is not in favor of a big-money move to sign the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.

The 32-year-old is understood to want to leave Madrid this summer following allegations of tax fraud, but Pepe - a former teammate of Ronaldo at the Bernabeu - insists that the four-time Ballon d'Or victor is still "completely motivated" to help his country.

Jose Mourinho - one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years - has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss. "We have not had an offer for Cristiano. the Sheikh at PSG is a friend of mine and he hasn't called me nor have we talked", Perez told Onda Cero.

But the centre-half was playing a predictably straight bat when quizzed on the issue ahead of Portugal's Confederations Cup clash with Russian Federation in Moscow.

The barriers saw off potential challengers in the last election in 2013 and no candidate has emerged in the 10-day period since the electoral process began on June 8, leaving construction magnate Perez, who turned 70 this year, a free run to his third successive mandate and fifth overall.

"I haven't spoken with Cristiano, I learned about it because of what came out in the newspapers". I have not spoken to any [other clubs].

"Tomorrow we have a very important game with Russia", Santos said with a pained expression when asked about Ronaldo.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed there have been no offers from Man United for Alvaro Morata.

"I believe everyone must comply with their tax obligations and I know that Cristiano always does things the right way", Perez added.

"It is a person decision and if a person really wants something to happen then it will end up happening, but I see it as unlikely".

"I will talk with him when the Confederations Cup has finished".

  • Julie Sanders