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Ronaldo Threatens To Leave Spain Over Tax Case

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly furious that he has been accused of defrauding the Spanish government of €15 million in unpaid taxes and he is said to have told Real Madrid that he will demand a transfer if he is convicted.

That is what A Bola and Diario Record in Ronaldo’s native Portugal as well as Spain’s Marca, are reporting on Friday.

Marca is confirming that Ronaldo has told Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez at Real that his decision is ‘irreversible’.

They had already been made aware of his fury earlier in the week when Madrid’s regional state prosecutor publicly accused him of failing to pay the correct amount of tax over a four-year period from 2011 to 2014.

Ronaldo’s rage comes not so much from the investigation into his tax affairs as the way he feels he is being treated like a criminal.

Ronaldo’s side is that he voluntarily made attempts to put his settle this three years ago when in 2014, he made an extra tax payment of €6m.

A Madrid judge will decide over the next fortnight if the case goes to court and Ronaldo will have 30 days to decide if he is to plead guilty and pay a fine or fight the case and risk a stronger punishment.

The fast moving case means that Ronaldo could plead guilty by the end of July, opening up the possibility of August transfer request.

Ronaldo is the latest La Liga star to fall afoul of the Spanish taxman. Just last year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was given a 21-month suspended sentence for issues around under-payment of €4.1m in taxes due to undeclared image-rights earnings.

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  • Aengus June 16, 2017, 8:31 am

    If he didn’t pay the correct amount of tax then that is illegal, which make him a criminal. But I guarantee nothing will come out of it since he owns the club. Typical Spanish. In Messi’s case they try their best to convict him and unsettle his club because of the Catalonions and the political future of Catalonia to become a state. Where else Real Madrid are Royalty. Lets see what happens…

    • David June 16, 2017, 9:30 am

      The feeling in Barcelona is that their players were targeted because of who they play for. It will be fascinating to see if Real Madrid players are handled differently by the government than Barca players were

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