Cristiano Ronaldo has once again fuelled talk about a return to Manchester United by saying that he never faced any tax issues in England. The Real Madrid superstar had been widely linked with a return to United this summer, as he has grown frustrated with the lack of support from his club after being subjected to enquiries related to tax evasion. Ronaldo is one of the highest earning athletes in the world with an estimated income of $93 million in 2017.
His earnings have grown several fold in the last five years since making the move to Madrid, but Ronaldo claims that he never faced an issue in the six long years he spent in English football. According to the Express, Ronaldo said:
“I never had any problem in England which is why I’d like to return.
“I always paid my taxes, always. In England and In Spain. And I always paid. As you know, I cannot hide anything, it would be ridiculous on my part to do such a thing.”
Even though there were plenty of rumours surrounding Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, it has not materialised due to a variety of reasons. Real Madrid are not keen on selling the 32-year-old, whose market value may be on the decline considering his age. It is common for high-profile players to seek a move away from the country after being acquitted of tax evasion. Neymar has just completed a move away from Spain, while Lionel Messi seriously contemplated about a move before signing a new contract.
Ronaldo has stated on several occasions that he would like a return to United, but the possibilities have been decreasing with every year. Manchester United have spent more than £150 million this summer on several new players including Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. It appears that Ronaldo will have to wait for another year to think about a return to Manchester.