Spanish daily AS have an interesting article on Monday looking at clubs who will profit if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid this summer.
Madrid’s state prosecutor has alleged Ronaldo used an off-shore company to hide a portion of his income from the tax office.
If he really wants to leave Real Madrid, that is. The English giants are emerging as the favorites to land the talent of the Portuguese superstar, who announced his desire to leave Spain after being accused of tax evasion to the tune of $16.5 million. Although that claim will be met with understandable scepticism, not least because of the briefings from Ronaldo’s camp this week, clubs are nevertheless being encouraged to believe he is serious in his desire to quit and would welcome offers.
Real Madrid released a statement saying they had “full confidence” in their player, and they were convinced he would prove his innocence.
He has won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two King’s Cups in his eight years in the Spanish capital. Both Barcelona and Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly interested in his services. But, like Lionel Messi, his stock is going to fall sometime.
Onda Cero say Perez will “give his version of the “Ronaldo case” in an interview with the Spanish radio station late on Monday evening, while an event marking his re-election will be held at 6.30pm United Kingdom time at the Bernabeu’s presidential box.
He did say Ronaldo is under contract, but everyone knows that.
Ronaldo is now on duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and, according to Sky sources, he remains “fine, professional and 100 per cent committed to the national team”.
This was a politician’s way of addressing a hot topic. The buy-out clause of €150m in his contract, which is worth more than a €1 billion, would make any deal for him to leave hard unless Real backed down.
Manchester United has already secured the signing of center back Victor Lindelof this summer and has a number of other transfer targets. However, one thing that could kill the deal would be if it drags on for too long.