LISBON – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday.
The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-time world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.
It said that Ronaldo was “deeply disenchanted” with the allegations against him.
Record, another sports daily, carried a similar story.
Ronaldo’s agents were unavailable for comment.
Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Real Madrid said on Thursday they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally. They could not immediately be reached on Friday for comment.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.
Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain — among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar — to be caught up in cases over taxes or transfers.
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