Since the Portugal national team got beaten in the FIFA Confederations Cup by Chile in the semifinal on penalty shootout the reigning footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been on the pitch of play.
But the Real Madrid super star had a lot going on for him off the pitch and yesterday he appeared in court over his tax evasion case. The former Manchester United claimed he was going to the leave the country over the tax claims before changing his mind to remain with the back to back Champions League Champions.
Popular Spanish tabloid AS reported that the father of three told the judge he was in the box because of his popularity and status during his hour-and-a-half hearing yesterday.
“If I wasn’t called Cristiano Ronaldo I wouldn’t be sat here.”
Judge Gómez Ferrer replied: “You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are. You are under investigation for an alleged financial crime based on the evidence provided by the public prosecutor and upon which it is my duty to make a ruling.”
But Ronaldo reiterated his stance in his next statement: “No, no. All of this is happening because I am Cristiano Ronaldo.”