According to reports in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to leave Real Madrid this summer – a decision which, it is claimed, is ‘irreversible.’
The 32-year-old left Manchester United for the Bernabeu in a world record £80million transfer in the summer of 2009, and has gone on to break all manner of records including becoming their all-time record goalscorer. A four-time Ballon d’Or winner, the forward has helped Los Blancos to 11 honours including three UEFA Champions Leagues and two domestic titles.
Ronaldo signed a new five-year contract with Real last November, which would take him up to his 36th birthday. However, reports from his homeland in the A Bola newspaper claim the Portugal international has sensationally decided to quit the Spanish giants, due to his anger at his treatment by the country’s tax authorities who claim he has defrauded them of €14.7million in tax.
The former Sporting Lisbon youngster is contesting this accusation, but he may now do so from another country as the reports claim his decision to quit Spain is ‘irreversible’. A return to Old Trafford, where he would also link up with compatriot Jose Mourinho, will no doubt be mooted, but a lucrative move to the United States of perhaps even China would be a more likely outcome.