The 70-year-old quashed out speculations that his top star was on his way out of Real Madrid.
If you felt Ronaldo was at the verge of departing Spain this summer, then Florentino Perez has denied the reportage of several news outlets. Speaking to Cadena Ser, the Whites’ boss touched on several jaw dropping reports circulating in the media. On CR7’s reported move out of Real Madrid, Perez feels it was a calculated move to draw his top icon into the summer transfer deals.
“I don’t know what went on with Ronaldo. He was only furious with the tax issue and I never heard from anyone that he was leaving. For me, A Bola overstepped the mark since there was not much to talk about this summer. In Monaco, he made things clear and he will play in the Champions League on Wednesday. We are only excited to see him start the season.”
Of course, it could not be a complete interview if the issue of Cristiano’s red card in the Supercopa de Espana never popped up. The Madrid chief stressed that officiating in domestic matches should certainly possess top notch quality.
“The refereeing performance must be improved. Sometimes it’s not at the top level as it happened in the Real Madrid and Barcelona game. I told Larrea (Jose Luis Larrea) the same thing when I met him.”
On Cristiano’s 14.7 million euros tax evasion lawsuit, the president had this to say:
“It’s an absurd discussion. From what I’m told, I know there was nothing he did that constitutes a crime. Everyone is bound to pay the taxman but Ronaldo came with the same structure he had set up in England with nothing hidden so there is no crime. It will be a long deliberation and there will be a time for us to know what really happened. For us, Cristiano is the best player in the world.”
So that’s Los Merengues’ chief speaking on his team’s marksman, icon and best player of the world. Perez wants more trophies and with Ronaldo staying, the Spanish business brain is certain of glory. CR7’s first challenge will be the Champions League game against APOEL Nicosia on September 13 at the Santiago Bernabeu.