Cristiano Ronaldo’s tax fraud case is set to be heard in court on July 31.
The Portuguese superstar is accused of tax evasion amounting to £13million in a saga which has thrown his future with Real Madrid into severe doubt.
Ronaldo, 32, has apparently made an ‘irreversible’ decision to leave the Bernabeu due to being ‘treated like a criminal’ by the authorities in Spain.
He has been linked with a return to Manchester United, and has reportedly instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to pull out all the stops to broker a move back to Old Trafford.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in a big-money swoop for the Portugal international who has enjoyed yet another stellar campaign.
He has 55 goals for club and country and is currently away on international duty at the Confederations Cup.
Real president Florentino Perez has backed the forward in his tax case but stopped short of discussing the 32-year-old’s future.
He told Marca: “I plan to talk to him [Ronaldo] one day. I have not talked to him yet. We do not want to disturb his concentration on the national team.
“I do not know anymore, what some have written or others have said. I think this [tax issue] is the worst thing that has been set upon Cristiano, and I agree with him.
“Some media have presented an image of him, more or less as a delinquent, and doing that to a person of his professional prestige and honesty, is by all accounts not easy to understand.
“The presumption of innocence has not been taken into account.”