Cristiano Ronaldo to Appear in Court on Monday After Accusations of €15m Tax Evasion

​Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on Monday over allegations of tax evasion.

Reports in Spain in May say the Portugal international is suspected of defrauding €15m between 2011 and 2014 and Ronaldo reportedly wanted to leave the club after the allegations surfaced.

He will now appear in court on Monday in Pozuelo, regarding the allegations claiming the former Manchester United winger defrauded Spanish authorities of tax money.

Ronaldo is not the only high profile football star to have been implicated in the claims, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi being associated with the tax avoidance matters.

Mourinho has denied the claims while Spain’s Supreme Court handed Messi a 21-month jail term last year but the Argentina international is unlikely to go to prison.

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Messi and father Jorge, who is in charge of the 30-year-old’s finances, were both convicted of defrauding Spain of €4.1m in taxes.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano admitted to two counts of fraud after failing to declare earnings in 2011 and 2012, with the 33-year-old alleged to attempted to conceal earnings from his image via foreign companies he owns.

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Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer but speculation regarding his future has cooled in the past month and he is now expected to stay with Los Blancos.

He scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, as Madrid won the La Liga title and beat Juventus to triumph in the Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wants to Play Against Former Club Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup

​Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to play against former side Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in August.

Ronaldo’s future has been in doubt over the summer after being accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of millions of euros in tax but speculation has cooled over the past few weeks and he is now expected to stay with Los Blancos.

AS believe Ronaldo could return to the club on Tuesday and begin pre-season work in order to appear in the Super Cup fixture, with the Portugal international yet to appear in a summer match before Madrid’s start to the season.

Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have featured in forward positions for Zinedine Zidane’s side in pre-season so far but have struggled for form, with both the Welshman and Frenchman failing to score.

The La Liga champions have so far lost to United on penalties after goals from Casemiro and Jesse Lingard and suffered further defeats to Manchester City and Barcelona ahead of their fixture against the MLS All-Stars.

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Madrid won the Champions League after beating Juventus in the final in Cardiff as Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 victory while United overcame Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League in Stockholm.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, playing vital roles in Madrid’s success in La Liga and the Champions League, but was absent from the club’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Saturday.

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Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic put the Catalan giants firmly in control in the opening 10 minutes before Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio drew Madrid level, with Gerard Pique netting the winner shortly after half time.

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Funny MoneyFan Pays Outrageous $13,358 for Front Row Tickets to El Clasico Friendly in Miami

​A football fan has reportedly paid a staggering $13,358.60 for two front row tickets to Saturday night’s El Clasico encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The two heavyweights of Spanish football meet in Miami on Saturday night to bring one of La Liga’s most fierce and hotly contested matches to the shores of the United States, and fans have been showing their determination to be there by paying well over ‘normal’ prices for tickets.

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According to Reuters, ticket prices on StubHub have been reaching around the $5,500 mark, but Darren Rovell of ESPN has now claimed that the highest price paid for one of these tickets has reached higher than double that amount.

​​An obscene amount for a football game, let alone a pre-season friendly – and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t even be paying.

Let’s see some perspective here. Two ‘Category 1 Gold’ tickets for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu will currently set you back €1090.00 on Football Ticket Net.

Two return tickets from Miami to Madrid will cost a mere 857.78 and two nights in the luxury Hotel Villa Magna (2.5 miles from the Bernabeu) will cost a modest 769.54. Added together, your total cost comes to €2,717.32 – which converted to US dollars is $3913.47.

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This leaves around $10,000 to do whatever you like with – and you get to watch a match that means something to the players and includes Cristiano Ronaldo. You have to feel for the poor person who’s spent so much on those two tickets.

Either way, the game will surely be entertaining.

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Dortmund Ace Ousmane Dembele Slams ‘Annoying’ Aubameyang Departure Rumours

The constant rumours surrounding ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Borussia Dortmund future was “annoying” in the extreme, according to teammate Ousmane Dembele.

The French star was quoted in ​Sport Bild as he commented on the gossip earlier in the summer about Aubameyang departing the Westfalenstadion to complete a transfer to Premier League holders Chelsea.

That speculation followed plenty of conjecture about the striker’s situation with Dortmund with Real Madrid and Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjin said to have been looking at signing him, and Dembele admitted that the furore over his fellow forward’s future had irked him.

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He said: “Aubameyang in Tianjin Quanjian? This is totally unfounded. This is only misleading to the fans,” Dembele told Bild.

“There are no contacts. There are no negotiations, and there is nothing to indicate that. It annoys me. I’m glad he’s still playing with us. He’s like a brother for me.”

Blues boss Antonio Conte had weighed up whether to prise Aubameyang away from Germany, ahead of his eventual £60m acquistion of Alvaro Morata, after Chelsea had missed out on key transfer target Romelu Lukaku.

Other reports at the start of July also appeared to claim that the Gabon international was on the cusp of a £17m move to the Far East after Tianjin Quanjin had “agreed” to join them due to the unreal wages he had been offered.

However, that move failed to materialise and the 28-year-old is now set to remain with Peter Bosz’s senior squad for another season as long as no other interested parties try to test the waters.

Liverpool were also tentatively linked with making a bid for Aubameyang, but the Reds declined to make the interest concrete.

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Aubameyang, who harbours ambitions of playing for Real Madrid due to a promise he had to his late grandfather, has become one of the most consistent goalscorers in world football. The ex-Saint Etienne star has plundered a sensational 120 goals in just 189 games for Dortmund, and has helped fire them to two German Super Cups and the 2017 DfB Pokal Cup in his four-year spell.

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PHOTO: Debate Rages Among FIFA Fans After EA Sports Unveil 2018 Ronaldo FUT Card

​It’s not easy to please every single fan you have all of the time. Just ask EA Sports.

The makers of the critically-acclaimed FIFA video game series, whose 2018 edition is only two months away from release, recently took to their Twitter account to unveil the newest legend to their “icon series”:

Brazilian striking legend Ronald it is then! It’s not surprising to see him given such amazing statistics given how good he was at playing football, but funnily enough it’s not his stats that are causing consternation among FIFA’s fanbase.

Nope, it’s the design of his card. Yeah, we know, petty right? Turns out not everyone is a lover of how EA have gone about putting Ronaldo’s card together:

It wasn’t all bad news for EA, however, with some fans choosing to look past the design and just being happy that Ronaldo is included in this year’s game:

Look, we get it. Design can be everything to some people and it always helps to make something that most fans will be relatively happy with.

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However, considering how well FIFA actually plays – and how beautiful it looks, we add – aren’t there more pressing concerns than a card’s design? We certainly think so.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals He Is Considering 4 More Children to Match His Shirt Number

​Cristiano Ronaldo Jr is already giving his father branding advice at seven years old.

The Real Madrid superstar’s eldest son has apparently convinced his famous dad to have four more children, so that his tally of kids matches his shirt number. 

Ronaldo Snr already has three kids: with the young Cristiano and recently joined by twins Eva and Mateo – while his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is reportedly pregnant.

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Ronaldo is thought to have revealed the idea of expanding his brood during a Chinese TV interview picked up by Portuguese newspapers, with Correio da Manha

The Sun quote the 32-year-old as saying: “Cristianinho is very happy.

“He’s doing well and says he wants more brothers and sisters. He wants seven, the magic number, and I think that’s good.”

Ronaldo went on to say he was “enjoying the moment” after expanding his family, but did not rule anything out when it came to potentially adding more children to his ever inflating family.

He confirmed in June that his new twins had been born via a photo on Instagram showing the former Manchester United winger holding the pair in his arms.

Ronaldo’s trip to China has been billed as his first ever individual promotional tour, flying to the Far East in partnership with Nike.

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The Euro 2016 winner remains at Real Madrid, despite reports earlier in the summer claiming he wanted to leave Los Blancos after being accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of millions of euros in tax.

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Zinedine Zidane Comments Give Man Utd Glimmer of Hope in Gareth Bale Chase

​Manchester United have been given a fresh boost in their long-term pursuit of Gareth Bale. United have been chasing Bale since 2013, when a £100m bid failed with the Welshman joining Real Madrid instead. 

The Mirror report that Jose Mourinho is after a wide attacker before the transfer window closes at the end of August, with Bale a dream target. 

Real’s head coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that ‘anything can happen’  before deadline day.

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The transfer speculation over Bale has been heightened by Real’s pursuit of the Monaco star Kylian Mbappe. Should Los Blancos land Mbappe then it could see one of their current front three: Bale, Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo, leave. 

Bale is seen as the likeliest of the trio to leave, having lost his place in Real’s starting line-up last season to Isco, as injury affected his campaign. 

Bale has scored 67 goals in 150 appearances in 4 seasons at the Bernabeu. Bale has won the Champions League three times, scoring in the 2014 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid. In the same season, he famously scored a wonderful winning goal in the Copa Del Rey Final against Barcelona. 

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Zidane said: “I hope they all stay for this season. I hope everyone remains. I want everyone who is here now to stay, but anything can happen right up until August 31.” 

It would be quite a story if Manchester United could lure Bale back to the Premier League and it is one that will develop for the rest of the summer transfer window. 

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Gareth Bale ‘Oblivious’ to Real Madrid Exit Rumours & Is Keen to Stay at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale apparently has no interest in leaving the Bernabeu this summer and is determined to succeed with Los Blancos. It comes after much recent speculation that he could quit the club for Manchester United, if Kylian Mbappe arrives from Monaco.

It has been claimed that Real might be willing to sacrifice Bale if it meant securing the signature of 18-year-old French sensation who is desperate to ensure any move comes with regular games.

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According to Marca on Friday morning, Bale is ‘oblivious to all the noise’. The Spanish sports daily also cites sources close to the player to state that he remains very happy in Madrid.

The 28-year-old, who has won three Champions League titles in his four season as a Real player so far, only signed a new long-term contract in October and is thought to retain the personal backing of Bernabeu president Florentino Perez, despite his publicised injury problems.

Speaking after the victorious Champions League final in his hometown of Cardiff in June, Bale had made it perfectly clear that it was his intention to stay.

“We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid. My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing,” he said at the time.

“It’s the reason why I came to Real Madrid – to win trophies. We’re enjoying winning them at the moment, so we’ll continue to do so. Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn’t too bad.

“I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.”

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Just this week Real coach Zinedine Zidane responded to the latest Bale exit rumours and expressed his hope that the famed ‘BBC’ – Bale, Benzema, Cristiano – would stay together.

“I hope the BBC stay for this season. I hope everyone remains. I want everyone who is here now to stay. But anything can happen right up until 31st August,” he said.

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Karim Benzema Set to Renew Real Madrid Contract Ahead of New La Liga Season Despite Mbappe Talk

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will renew his contract with the club before the new La Liga season kicks off in just over three weeks.

Despite rumours linking Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe with a mega-money move to the Bernabeu, Los Blancos are keen to tie the experienced French striker to the club for the foreseeable future.

According to Marca, Zinedine Zidane wants to reward Benzema and both parties have agreed on an extension for the 29-year-old which will stretch to either 2021 or 2022, with his current deal expiring in 2019.

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The planned agreement should put an end to any rumours suggesting that the former Lyon man will depart the club to make way for Mbappe’s arrival.

It had been suggested that one of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale would be sold to give the 18-year-old prodigy more opportunities in the first team.

However, the departure of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for an initial fee of £58m means that there is a space available in Madrid’s forward department that must be filled.

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Zidane would have to make sure that Mbappe gets the required minutes but on paper, it seems feasible that he could operate with Benzema also in the squad.

The Los Blancos man has been a key figure for the club since his arrival from Ligue 1 in 2009.

He has been a serial goal scorer for the Spanish giants, earning himself the accolade of being the top scoring Frenchman in Champions League history.

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Selling him would be a huge mistake and Zidane seems very aware that his exit must not happen.

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Real Madrid Fear Late Mbappe Swoop From Barcelona as Neymar Prepares for Final Goodbyes

The latest twist in the unbelievable Neymar saga could see Barcelona sensationally gazump hated rivals Real Madrid in the chase for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, with gossip from Spain suggesting Los Blancos president Florentino Perez fears the worst.

There had been little doubt that Mbappe would ultimately end up at Real when he felt it was right to leave Monaco, with the only real questions over the fee that would be paid to the French champions and assurances for the player about game time.

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Earlier this week it was reported that a deal totalling €180m was agreed, but Diego Torres Romano of Madrid-based newspaper El Pais, a journalist with close ties to Real, has suggested that Perez actually fears Mbappe has an agreement with Barça in light of the Neymar sale.

With the anticipated €220m windfall, finances certainly wouldn’t be an issue at Camp Nou if they wished to trade like for like in a one in/one out kind of deal.

Unlike at Real, with Neymar gone from Barça there wouldn’t be the same need to convince Mbappe that he would be guaranteed a decent amount of playing time. As things stands, Real would have to move someone on to give the youngster the chances he would crave.

That relies on another club buying one of their stars, most likely Gareth Bale, and makes their attempt to sign Mbappe a lot more complicated than Barça’s would be.

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And Neymar’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain that would make it possible seems to be edging closer and closer to reality. One thing potentially holding up the deal was uncertainty with regard to how it would affect the club in relation to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

If there was any chance PSG could be sanctioned and banned from the Champions League for falling foul of the rules again, Neymar would understandably want to steer clear. But UEFA’s Head of Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play, Andrea Traverso, appears to have little issue with it if his comments in a column for ​Gazzetta dello Sport are anything to go by.

“Clubs like Manchester City and PSG do not do what they want, they have respected our agreements. They have enormous revenues and can act. The rules are the same for everyone. If a club buys, we assume it has done the maths. Otherwise, it will be sanctioned. But we cannot stop them from buying,” Traverso explained.

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“Football is growing at 10% per year. Everyone is surprised by the Neymar figures, but the revenues of these clubs have increased and they probably have the right accounts to be able to spend.”

In a further update on Neymar’s increasingly likely exit, Marcelo Bechler of Esporte Interativo, who first brought news that the player was willing to accept PSG’s incredible offer, has tweeted that Neymar will not now return to Barcelona after their summer tour of America.

He claims to have been given word by the club that Neymar won’t be going back with the squad.

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