The Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal eased past New Zealand in the group stage match with a comfortable scoreline of 4 goals to nil. New Zealand, who started off brilliantly, failed to maintain the consistency and soon after the half-hour mark, conceded a penalty. On came Cristiano Ronaldo and finished the ball in style, giving his side a well-deserved lead.
Ronaldo, who has already surpassed some of the best names of the industry, sets another new record for European footballers. His goal against New Zealand was his 75th strike for Portugal and only if the competitive games are taken into the consideration, it was Ronaldo's 60th goal - highest from any player from Europe. Although he is still behind the Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás who scored 84 goals in his career (including friendlies). Also, Ronaldo's goal was his 56th goal in just 55 games since the start of 2016/17 (club + country).
It seems like there is no end to Cristiano Ronaldo's exit rumours. The 32-year-old Portuguese sensation, who is under several allegations from the Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, has been grabbing the headlines for quite sometime now and if a recent report from the Daily Telegraph (via Sun) is to be believed, Ronaldo has asked his agent Jorge Mendes to "do everything possible" to make a move back to Manchester United.
Joining the Galacticos back in 2009 for a then world record fee of £89m, Cristiano Ronaldo has found himself in the midst of a lot of legal muggles. All this has been followed up by the exit rumours, and earlier this month, BBC had reported that Ronaldo now wants to leave Real Madrid even after signing a new contract with the club back in 2016. The reason was cited as the allegations on the Portuguese, however, his representatives have denied the claims.
Then came a news from the Daily Telegraph, claiming that Ronaldo wants to leave Real, not due to the allegations, but to face "fresh challenges" as he has won everything possible with Real Madrid. Since then, a number of clubs have shown their interest nad particularly, his former club Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese outfit took to Twitter to express their desire of having Ronaldo back at home, although it was a witty post.
Cristiano Ronaldo's consultants have informed Real Madrid that that Portuguese sensation wants to leave the club in order to get "fresh challenges" not due to his ongoing tax diegesis, as per the reports from the Daily Telegraph.
The same source has also added that even though Ronaldo signed a new contract with the Galacticos back in November 2016 that saw his release clause rise up to 1bn euro (£874.88m), a fee of around €150million (£131m) will be something that Real might consider.
The Euro 2016 winning captain has been in news for quite sometime now, not due to his on the field antics, but due to his off the field matters. The 32-year-old was accused by the Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, and reports from BBC stated that Ronaldo now wants to leave Spain following all these allegations, however, Telegraph reports otherwise.
Having won three Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns, it is understood that Ronaldo has achieved everything at Real and now wants to move on, however, an aforementioned fee of €150million might prove out to be the stumbling block. A move back to Manchester United has been mooted and he certainly will receive a heart whelming reception at the Old Trafford, but it remains to be seen whether the Devils will fork out this much of fee or not. However, they are in talks with another Real Madrid attacker in Alvaro Morata.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Spain following the allegations on the Portuguese star of tax fraud, as per the reports from BBC.
The reports have been revolving for a long time that the Spanish prosecutors have accused the Euro 2016 winner of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax. To be specific Ronaldo has reportedly evaded near or £13m of tax, however, the player himself has denied the claims, saying that he does not have any hidden income and has not defrauded Spain.
Real Madrid, on their part, released an official statement in support of the player, saying that the club has full confidence in their players and further added that Ronaldo will eventually prove out to be innocence.
"Real Madrid CF shows their full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding compliance with their tax obligations.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival at Real Madrid CF, in July 2009, a clear will to fulfill all his tax obligations. Real Madrid CF is absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process. Real Madrid CF hopes that the Justice will act as quickly as possible so that its innocence can be demonstrated as soon as possible."
Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted at leaving Real Madrid as it is believed that he is angry the behavior by the Spanish tax authorities, who have accused Ronaldo of defrauding 14.7 million Euros, as reported by telegraph.co.uk.
Ronaldo has however denied any wrongdoing and according to the Portugal daily A Bola the 32-year-old is said to have made an irreversible decision to leave the club. Ronaldo signed a 5-year deal in November 2016, which would keep him at the Bernabeu till 2021. Responding to the tax fraud accusations, Ronaldo posted on Instagram, saying “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet”.
Cristiano Ronaldo gained €153 million in image rights deals from Real Madrid, but the money was gained just before a tax exemption in Spanish law was about to end, which called prosecutors to charge CR7 with tax fraud.
The ‘Beckham law’ was nullified at the end of 2014, just days before payments were made to Ronaldo. Under the old ‘Beckham law’, which was introduced when Beckham joined Real Madrid in 2003, foreign nationals were not taxed on earnings that were considered offshore, including those which were received in the home nation. Tax authorities say they were defrauded an amount of €14.7 million for the time between 2011 and 2014 when Ronaldo failed to pay deficits in each year.
The papers published by Spanish news site ‘El Confidencial’, reveal Ronaldo was paid €64 million for his worldwide image rights on Dec 23 2014 for the 2015 to 2020 period, and €11 million for Spanish image rights during the same time. Between Dec 24 and Dec 30, he was paid €78 million for all his image rights for the 2011-2014 period.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he misses his Manchester United days mainly because of receiving constant abuse from a particular section of Real Madrid's supporters.
Being a Real Madrid player is ever an easy task and the day you fails to deliver what is expected, expect some criticism from the fans. Despite being one of the best players to have ever graced a footballing field, Cristiano Ronaldo himself has been under the fans' radar. He has scored a whopping 25 goals in just La Liga 29 appearances, while also became the first player in the history of the Champions League to reach 100 goals. But this certainly hasn't pleased some section of the supporters as he, in past, has been a subject of heavy abuse and criticism from the fans.
While talking to Spanish television ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday, the former Manchester United attacker said:
"I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it [home fans booing] never happened to me. Not even once," the 32-year-old told Spanish TV La Sexta ahead of the final in Cardiff.
Real Madrid maverick Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax fraud by the Spanish Tax Agency and could be set to face charges over the allegations.
The country's tax agency has alleged that the Portuguese winger has defrauded the authorities of €15 million between the years 2011 and 2014, and now Spanish prosecutors are considering whether he should face charges.
Prosecutors revealed they have till the end of June to press charges against Ronaldo, after the investigations by tax officials, that have produced evidence of wrongdoing on the player's part. As per the reports, Ronaldo attempted to regularize his tax situations in Spain in 2014 by paying an extra €5.6 million, but the tax agency believes that the Ballon d`Or winner should have had to pay a further €15 million.
The agency has requested prosecutors to charge the Portuguese international and have requested a minimum of five-year jail term for the player (El Mundo). The prosecutors claimed that if the player was charged and found guilty by the courts, he will face a minimum fifteen-month jail sentence. However, that would be suspended as Ronaldo is a first-time offender.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup which will take place in India from 6th October-28th October in 2017, might see Cristiano Ronaldo arriving in India for the draw in Mumbai on July 7. If that happens, it’ll be one of the biggest achievements in Indian football, bringing in arguably one of the current best footballers to set his foot on Indian soil.
Speaking on the possibility to media, AIFF President Praful Patel said, “We are talking to Portugal Football Federation. We also are trying to interact with Ronaldo’s agent. If he is free on that particular day, he will be gracing the FIFA U-17 World Cup draw function in Mumbai on July 7.”
Former Barcelona ace Xavi has heaped praises for Cristiano Ronaldo, but has added that the Portuguese's only obstacle is the fact that Lionel Messi exists.
The Argentina sensation Lionel Messi made his mark in the recent El Clasico, scoring a wonderful brace, and got his side right back into the La Liga race. Although Real have a game in their hand, all is not lost for Barcelona simply because Real have some tough fixtures ahead of them. The Los Blancos have Granada, Sevilla and Malaga to play for and Barcelona, on the other hand, have Villarreal before playing Las Palmas and Eibar.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, on their part, are considered as two of the best players in the industry and there is a never-ending debate about who is the best between the two. Several legends and footballing pundits have had their say regarding the same and now, former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has joined the heard.
The 37-year-old- midfielder maestro, who plays for a Qatari club Al Sadd, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is one spectacular player, however, the Portuguese have Lionel Messi ahead of him as an obstacle.