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Portugal boss Santos offers “100 per cent” backing to Ronaldo amid tax evasion claims

Date Posted,June 16, 2017

Portugal boss Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo has his support “100 per cent” after being accused of breaking tax rules in Spain.

The Seleccao coach insists he trusts Ronaldo “100 per cent as an athlete and a man” after prosecutors in Madrid filed a complaint against the Real Madrid superstar, in which they accuse the 32-year-old of a “voluntary” and “conscious” evasion of tax, totalling €14.7million.

It’s alleged Ronaldo committed four crimes between 2011 and 2014.

Ronaldo is now reportedly ready to leave the back-to-back Champions League winners and Spanish champions.

According to Santos, who worked with Ronaldo both as a youngster with Sporting Lisbon and now on the international stage, the former Manchester United star’s character shouldn’t be questioned.

Ronaldo’s character shouldn’t be questioned says Fernando Santos (Photo: AFP)
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“I’ve known him for many years,” he told a press conference ahead of Portugal’s Confederations Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday..

“I was his last coach in Portugal when he was 18 years old. I can put my hands on the fire for his character and integrity, as a man and an athlete. That’s my clear statement. I trust him 100 per cent as an athlete and as a man.”

Ronaldo and Portugal are after Confederations Cup glory (Photo: Michael Regan – FIFA)
Portugal boss Fernando Santos (Photo: REUTERS)

Santos was pressed on the subject of Ronaldo further but declared: “I’m sure you want to ask the same questions but I will answer no more questions about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I have a pact with my players, I have a great relationship with each of them. We’ve laid down that everything to do with their personal relationships is done outside the team.

“When we’re focused on a tournament, all those other issues, we don’t pay attention to. So you have to pay attention to what the sources are for this information. I never heard about some of the news being spread. Either I am deaf, and I’m not, everyone knows I’m a great listener, or you have to be careful about where this news comes from.

“Cristiano supports every single player in the team and we have a great relationship. There are no individuals. Each player supports the other.”

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