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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane he is being “treated like a criminal” in Spain amid allegations he committed tax fraud.

Per the Mirror‘s James Whaling, radio station COPE claimed that Ronaldo said to Zidane, “In Spain I am treated like a criminal. It starts with the media.”

Ronaldo is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of £13 million and as a result has reportedly decided to leave Los Blancos this summer. 

According to Marca, Zidane has been in contact with Ronaldo as he hopes the forward will stay put this summer:

However, according to Whaling, Ronaldo has apparently set his sights on rejoining Manchester United, who are themselves receptive to a move, and is hoping his agent Jorge Mendes can get the deal to happen.

Football writer Liam Canning believes the Red Devils should go all-out to land his signature but prepare themselves for him staying put, which they appear to be doing, according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol:

Indeed, with Ronaldo yet to comment publicly on the speculation surrounding his future, it would be naive if the club were convinced he is actually going to leave the Spanish capital this summer.

ESPN’s Alex Shaw and Yahoo Sport’s Andrew Gaffney are sceptical of Ronaldo’s apparent desire to move on:

Real are riding on the crest of a wave right now having won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, so his departure seems highly unlikely even with the difficult situation he finds himself in because of the allegations.

The Guardian‘s Stephen Burgen reported in 2014 that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona amid a similar situation, while The Sun (h/t James Dickenson of the Express) have echoed that sentiment in the years since, but no such departure has taken place.

Though that may not have a direct bearing on Ronaldo, with everything going extremely well on the pitch for the 32-year-old, a quickly taken “irreversible” decision to leave Madrid feels similarly speculative at this point.


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