Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that it is up to club President Florentino Perez if he will sign a new contract, while claiming that stories that he had decided to leave Real Madrid after being charged with tax fraud ‘was not from my mouth’.
There were widespread reports back in June claiming that Ronaldo had made up his mind to leave Spain and linking him with a return to Manchester United or a move to the Chinese Super League after he was accused of not paying €14.7 million in taxes on image rights income.
During a court appearance, the superstar was reportedly captured on camera saying he would like to return to England, but Ronaldo said after his double in the Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund that reports of his exit only happened because of his popularity.
In an interview after the match, he said, “You did not hear that from my mouth, people talk about Cristiano every day, all over the world.
“If I had to answer everyone, I would live just for the media. But I live for football and my family. Anything with Cristiano’s name on it is world news. When you are great, people talk about you.”
On if he would sign a new contract, he said:
“That is a good question. I am happy, things happen in a natural way. That is a better question maybe for the president he would know better than me how to answer.”
Ronaldo has denied the tax charges but could face a bill, including fines, of more than €40 million or even time in prison if he is found guilty.