Tax fraud case: Ronaldo hints on England return

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Cristiano Ronaldo nods his head down during his Real Madrid contract renewal. A Cristiano Ronaldo poster of him in a Real Madrid shirt is in the background.

The former Manchester United winger sees England as a safe financial haven.

Great players attract the most media attention and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is no exception. Well, transfer news on the Portuguese star might get more intense now.

Last Monday, the top Nike icon was at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court to testify after been charged by Spanish prosecutors for evading 14.7 million euros taxes. The Real Madrid star man has stayed tight-lipped on the saga. He had earlier arranged to speak to the media after court proceedings but preferred to leave all the reporters gathered outside in suspense.

In the court room, however, Ronaldo made various statements. One of the lines he uttered, according to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, was the following:

“I never had a problem in England and that’s why I’d like to go back to England,” the Los Blancos legend said.

Cadena Ser’s report further asserts that CR7 was questioned for handing over his image rights dealings to a firm, Tollin Associates Ltd based in the British Virgin Islands, in a plan to escape tax obligations. Responding to questions concerning the said accusations, Cristiano denied foul actions saying:

“It was the club itself (Manchester United) and my lawyer Chris Farnell who told me all the lads were doing it. I didn’t want to be an exception.”

Per the report, the interest for Ronaldo fanatics might take a swift turn to transfer rumors now. Real Madrid have already declared their utmost desire to keep their talisman but with the player still angered by the tax charge, a move away from the Bernabeu is not impossible.

Earlier this summer, former club Manchester United and mega rich French side Paris Saint Germain reportedly showed interest in the superstar. These two heavyweights may keenly observe Cristiano Ronaldo’s tax fraud case as it lingers on. Meanwhile, the summer transfer window is still in active mode.

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Ivan is a young Ghanaian football journalist. He is a staunch fan of Real Madrid C.F. and sports in general. He discovered his unique admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo during the player's early days at Manchester United. Ivan was captured by the skill and personality of the then young Portuguese lad who showed so much confidence at such a big club. He is also a big fan of Cristiano's antics both on and off the pitch as controversies make this player what he truly is. Ivan usually spends his leisure time reading, watching sports documentaries and ancient story movies. He describes himself as a person who is always ready to learn at any opportunity and likes to have fun as well.

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