Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez calls Cristiano Ronaldo situation 'strange'

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

"All I can say is that Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with Madrid", Perez continued.

Ronaldo, who is now playing for Portugal in the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, scored five goals over two legs as eventual winners Madrid dumped Bayern out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage in April.

"I have not spoken to Ronaldo, I have just heard what has been in the newspapers".

"The whole thing is very unusual because Cristiano Ronaldo is a great guy, both as a player and a person".

"This is the model that will continue to define Real Madrid". Ronaldo is in a major tournament with his country and until that is over I can not talk to him. I will always defend Cristiano as a person and as a footballer.

"It has affected me how the media treated Cristiano; the presumption of innocence was not respected".

On the eve of the authoritative edition of "La Gazzetta dello Sport" reported about the interest of the coach of Bayern, Carlo Ancelotti and the signing of Ronaldo.

The speculation emerged after sources told ESPN FC that Ronaldo wants to leave Madrid to play in another country rather than deal with what he sees as "persecution" in Spain after being accused of tax evasion totalling €14.7 million.

The 70-year-old, who was re-elected in 2009 having previously held the post between 2000 and 2006, is the second most successful president in Real's history in terms of football trophies won during his tenure, behind only Santiago Bernabeu who served between 1943 and 1978 and who the club's stadium is named after.

He has been linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain and former club Manchester United, with speculation claiming Ronaldo's agent Mendes has been tasked with securing a return to Old Trafford.

The Portuguese has since become Madrid's all-time record goalscorer, winning individual and collective awards aplenty during his stay in the Spanish capital.

However, a statement from Ronaldo's management company Gestifute insisted the company, Tollin, which was established during Ronaldo's time with Manchester United, has acted in accordance with British and Spanish tax laws.

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