Every summer we hear rumours about Ronaldo reuniting with Manchester United, then Real offer a bumper deal on the table and he stays. But this time is different!
Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the authorities of £13 million in tax between 2011 and 2014, and if that turns out to be true, then he’s facing 6 years of jail time.
A Bola, covered by The Independent, reports that the Portuguese has told the club of his decision to leave. It’s been rumoured that Florentino Perez is willing to support the 4-time-Ballon d’Or-winner, but if he wants to leave Perez won’t stand in his way, and would name the price tag for interested clubs. Real Madrid released a statement supporting their #1 star on their official website, hoping he stays at the Santiago Bernabeu:
Real Madrid CF shows their full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding compliance with their tax obligations.
Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival at Real Madrid CF, in July 2009, a clear will to fulfill all his tax obligations.
Real Madrid CF is absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process.
Real Madrid CF hopes that the Justice will act as quickly as possible so that its innocence can be demonstrated as soon as possible.
Though, a source close to the player told the BBC that the 32-year-old is is willing to leave Los Blancos. The source added:
He’s very sad and really upset. He doesn’t want to stay in Spain. At this moment, he wants to leave.
It’s obvious that Ronaldo‘s destination is a world class club, that plays Champions League. And the only clubs that are able to afford his €1 billion release clause, and pay his wages are Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. A move to China looks unlikely at the moment with European clubs bound to flock for him.
Ronaldo would like to return to the Premier League and rejoin the Red Devils, escaping the media and fraud allegations in Spain, where accusing players seems to be a trend. Manchester United fans are very excited about this potential move, and they would like to see Ronaldo again in the Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho could be an additional factor that would facilitate this deal, for the two have worked together in Real Madrid.