Cristiano Ronaldo dodges questions as Real Madrid exit rumours escalate


A source confirmed to ESPN FC that Ronaldo wants to leave Madrid after being accused of tax evasion by Spanish authorities and believes he is being made an example of because of his status as a star player.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas is adamant Cristiano Ronaldo will be proven innocent of tax evasion and is anxious about the potential impact of the Real Madrid star leaving Spain's top flight. "There is no turning back", Ronaldo said to his teammates, as reported by Marca.

Cristiano Ronaldo's advisers are telling clubs that he wants to leave Real Madrid for a "fresh challenge", with a fee of €150 million being mooted, and not because of the accusations of tax fraud he is facing in Spain.

A switch to PSG, the MLS or China have all been mentioned since it emerged the Portuguese superstar is unsettled in the Spanish capital but there is no other club where Ronaldo would be worshipped on his return like a king than United.

The rumours of a possible transfer back to England by the two-time Ballon d'Or victor started after a report surfaced that Spanish authorities have accused the 32-year-old of avoiding £14.7m in taxes.

Former club Manchester United are among those said to be interested in the Ballon D'Or holder, but La Liga chief Javier Tebas is desperate for him to remain in Spain.

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Having won three Champions League titles in the past four years as well as this season's La Liga, there is a sense that he wants a new challenge.

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The same paper also says manager Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos have both spoken to the forward and pleaded with him to stay.

While Jose Mourinho may have his reservations on paying that much for a player that is 32 years of age, he will also be aware of the incredible physical condition that Ronaldo keeps himself in.

Paris Saint-Germain have also said they would match any asking price Real set for Ronaldo, so United would face some stiff competition if they were to try to bring their hero back home.