Ronaldo seeks Real Madrid exit after tax accusations

Sid Lowe breaks down the report that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid amid tax fraud accusations.

"I hope he hasn't chose to leave but if he has already made his mind up, it will be hard to change the situation".

It said that Ronaldo was "deeply disenchanted" with the allegations against him, especially since he had voluntarily tried to solve possible errors with his taxes. But nobody can deny the feeling of providence when entertaining the idea of Ronaldo, following eight years of asserting himself as perhaps the greatest of all time, coming back to the place where it all started to round off what has been an historical career. They could not immediately be reached on Friday to comment on the report.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported last night that the club are trying to calm Ronaldo down and get him to reconsider his position.

Zidane has reportedly asked Ronaldo to meet with him in Madrid after his worldwide commitments for a face-to-face meeting where the pair can discuss his future, with the Frenchman prepared to let him go if he cannot convince Ronaldo to stay.

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So, where could he go if he decides to leave Spain?

The Sunday Mirror claims that Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich has approved the offer in an attempt to snatch one of Manchester United's priority transfer targets.

Outside Europe, the only plausible options are Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Chinese Super League, although both seem unlikely.

"I don't see him playing in China or the Middle East".

While Ronaldo generates a staggering amount of income for his club off the pitch, the 32-year-old outlined his importance on it with 42 goals in all competitions this season, including vital strikes to secure Real's 33rd La Liga title and 12th Champions League crown. Real Madrid said on Thursday that they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally.

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