The La Liga president Javier Tebas believes Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid will be a huge and ‘irreparable loss’
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is understood to have told the club he wants to quit.
The striker is reportedly angry at allegations of tax levied towards him and he feels unprotected and disappointed with Real Madrid response to the investigation by the Spanish tax authorities.Related: Ronaldo skips press conference after Portugal draw
The tax issue compounded an existing frustration at his treatment by fans, who regularly boo the club’s all-time leading scorer if he isn’t meeting his own incredibly high standards.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St Germain are all understood to be keen on signing Ronaldo.
Javier Tebas has expressed the devastating impact Ronaldo’s exit could have on Spanish football.‘You can’t measure it, but it would be huge, and more so on the international growth of La Liga,’
he told La Sexta. ‘It would be a massive loss for us; an irreparable loss.’
In relation to the allegations from Spain’s tax agency that he defrauded authorities of £13million, Tebas
has given Ronaldo his personal backing.‘Knowing those around him, and how professional they are, I’m positive that Cristiano is innocent‘We live at a time when any news about Spain’s Tax Office means everyone is a fraudster. I’m sure he’s innocent. From what I’ve read, I’m sure he hasn’t committed any crime.’
Ronaldo is currently on international duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup. He was named Man of the Match after last night’s 2-2 draw with Mexico.
Though several top hierarchies at the club have spoken to him about the issue and persuaded him to withdraw his request and remain Real Madrid.