Considering where Real Madrid are currently sitting on the La Liga table, Cristiano Ronaldo probably doesn’t care about too much else right now.
The Spanish giants are six points clear of Barcelona following their 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp last weekend, and have already guaranteed a place in the Champions League knockout phase.
However, several reports that the Portuguese captain has committed some kind of wrongdoing through his tax affairs have given him a slight headache of late.
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It’s claimed Ronaldo has directed in excess of €150 million worth of income through the British Virign Islands tax haven since 2009, prompting Spanish authorities to keep track of his tax affairs for the last 12 months.
However, Real Madrid have today issued a response after the Spanish Tax Agency confirmed the 31-year-old has done nothing wrong.
The statement on the official club website reads: “In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.”
Other reports have suggested Jose Mourinho – who, like Ronaldo, is represented by Jorge Mendes’ agency Gestifute – is also using similar overseas avenues to avoid paying tax on income from image rights.
While both men have insisted they have nothing to hide, Ronaldo must be extremely relieved that the matter appears to have been resolved.
Now, the Madrid forward can fully concentrate on helping his club clinch the La Liga title for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Ronaldo has so far racked up 12 goals and six assists in 16 appearances across all competitions this term and will no doubt be a pivotal figure in the title race.
In Europe, Madrid tomorrow face Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu in their final group stage fixture where anything less than victory will see them finish second behind the German visitors.