Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I never said that I would leave Madrid’

According to a report from El Confidencial, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has informed the club that he has no intention of departing the Spanish capital this year.
Rumours

Conflicting reports had emerged over recent days as to the future of the Portuguese attacker, with some insisting that his mind has been made up for some time and that he will leave Madrid this summer, while others, based around the birth of his new twin babies, maintain that Ronaldo will settle down with his family in Spain for the foreseeable future.
Staying put

And, as per the aforementioned report, the latter of these instances seems to bear more truth, with the 32-year-old having been quoted as saying the following:

‘I never said that I would leave Madrid. I commented at a dinner with teammates that I was hurt, that I felt mistreated, persecuted and treated as a delinquent when I fulfilled my tax obligations following the instructions of my advisers and lawyers, both in England and in Spain.’

Herein lies the key to all of the rumours linking Ronaldo with a summer exit from Madrid.

The superstar’s anger at being treated so poorly in relation to his tax fraud allegations was the foundation of almost every story linking the 4-time Ballon D’Or winner with a move to the likes of Manchester United and PSG.

However, as can be seen from the quote above, the Portuguese has no intention of allowing this issue to have a direct effect on his career, with Ronaldo likely to remain a key member of the Blancos squad for years to come, regardless of off-field dramas.