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Cristiano Ronaldo summoned for July 31 tax hearing

Rita Gibson | 22 June, 2017, 02:55

Ronaldo's agency, Gestifute, released a statement after the accusations, saying "it is clear that the player did not try to evade taxes" and there was 'no offshore structure for evading taxes.' Madrid said Ronaldo had their 'full confidence, ' a point president Florentino Perez stressed again on Monday. I will always defend Cristiano as a person and as a footballer.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009. "But something really freakish would have to happen if he were to leave this club".

They were strong words of support for Ronaldo from Perez and now Spanish newspaper AS are suggesting the intervention has led to a softening of the player's stance on leaving Real Madrid.

The main contender for the 32-year-old striker considered his former club "Manchester United" capable of pay for the Portuguese record in the history of football of 200 million euros.

The case has now escalated as Ronaldo had indicated his interest to leave Real Madrid citing this and other related issues as the cause of his decision.

Ronaldo is not the first footballer who has been accused of tax fraud in Spain.

Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain.

China talks focusing on North Korean threat
The State Department has been ramping up pressure on China to clamp down on companies that do business with North Korea. Such a move risks fraying relations between the world's two biggest economies.

The Red Devils are said to already be in talks with a Real over the possibility of signing Morata in the coming weeks, but this deal may change slightly with Ronaldo's future at the Santiago Bernabeu now seemingly in the balance.

Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93mn (83m euro) in 2016-2017.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also reported to be interested but Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied the German champion would make an offer.

Eternal rival Leo Messi had similar issues a year ago, with Barcelona reportedly offering the services of their legal department for free to his family in addition to a strong, public show of support.

"As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours. All the players are concentrated and Cristiano Ronaldo is extremely concentrated with the Russian game tomorrow, which we will play", Santos said at a press conference, where he was asked to address Ronaldo's situation and reply in English.

Theo Hernandez spent last season on loan with Alaves and helped the newly promoted club finish ninth in La Liga.

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