Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

There have been talks about a potential Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real Madrid legend has reportedly grown frustrated with life in Spain given his latest tax fraud claims by Spanish authorities.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.39 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.

Although United would want to be involved in any discussion over Ronaldo's future, if he does eventually try to force his way out, they are pressing ahead with the transfer plans they already have in place for now.

Perez first became Real president in 2000, seeing off incumbent Lorenzo Sanz by promising to lure winger Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona, which he quickly delivered on by bringing the Portuguese worldwide to the Spanish capital for a then world record fee of 62 million euros.

Ronaldo, of course, has been at the Santiago Bernabeu for the past eight seasons.

The former United star has a release clause of €1 billion ($1.12 billion) written into his Real Madrid contract, having signed a five-year deal in November 2016. "But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of the fable".

As such, the forward has made clear his position to Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, and is now "determined" to leave Spain. Well, no doubt the impact he has on any game for Madrid is more than noticeable. You could argue that it might be a bit shortsighted to bring back Ronaldo at 32, but with the shape he's in, he shouldn't have any problem playing on the highest level for at least another 4-5 years.

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He has also helped his team to win two La Liga titles after joining it on transfer from Manchester United for a ten record £80 million in 2009.

"Even though he would make more of an impact at other teams that don't have such an impressive commercial appeal".

Madrid, though, will do everything they can to keep Ronaldo.

If Wayne Rooney leaves the club, the team would be without a real talisman, and Rooney has been on the decline for a while now.

Ronaldo's unease has been apparent for some time, with the Portuguese repeatedly airing his grievances at being whistled by the club's notoriously demanding fans. And the wait may be a long one.

If the report is true, the 5 per cent due would split as follows: United would receive 2.5 per cent of, Sporting would be due 2.25 per cent, while Nacional receive the smallest amount, that being 0.25 per cent.

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