Real Madrid boss Perez must tackle Ronaldo crisis

Ronaldo, the four-time Ballon d’Or victor, reportedly wanted a transfer away from Real and out of the country after being accused by Spanish prosecutors last week of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8 million (about £12.9m/$16.5m).

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, which he has denied.

The episode may cost Real Madrid their star winger as Ronaldo feels hard done by the apparent excessive force with which the complaint has been dealt with.

But “since his arrival in Spain in 2009 until 2014 for which he declares 5.6 million euros, he hadn’t declared any income from image rights which looks like a covering up of these revenues, this is what prompted the tax investigations and inspections”, Gestha president Carlos Cruzado told AFP.

Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons.

Perez also insisted Real had not received any offers for Ronaldo – or for his fellow forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, who have both been heavily linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer.

The 32-year-old is now away with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, where he has so far evaded questions over his future – including skipping the traditional man-of-the-match press conference after Sunday’s draw with Mexico.

“What happened to him has affected his credibility”. Keylor Navas showed flaws and he’s faced several controversy and criticism during the season, but he stood up and won La Liga and the Champions League with great performances.

Do you think Ronaldo really wants to leave Real? I know Cristiano and he’s a good guy, not just with the ball, but as a person. My dedication and commitment will always be there as I seek to maintain the club’s values and secure as many pieces of silverware as possible.

After confirming the news, Perez spoke to the media about his extended stay at the helm of the European champions.

Hopeful of the news materialising, one Twitter user wrote: “I’d love Ronaldo back at United”.

Madrid were on the verge of bringing former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper De Gea back to Spain in 2015 but the move, which included sending Real custodian Keylor Navas to United as a makeweight, was derailed as the clubs failed to close the deal before the transfer window closed.

“He is a Real Madrid player and will remain so”. I’ve heard everything through the newspapers.

“He has to fulfil his fiscal obligations, like all”.

“I do not know his tax situation very well”.