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Ronaldo wants Real to pay his £26.45m fine



CRISTIANO Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants them to pay his fine to the Spanish tax office , according to The Sun.The former Manchester United man was hit with a charge for allegedly defrauding the government of £ 13 m last year.

And El Confidencial reports that , as things stand , he has struck a deal to pay the tax authorities a total sum of £ 26 . 45 m (€ 30 m ) to avoid spending time in jail .

It adds that , amid contract negotiations , Ronaldo , 33 , has requested Real Madrid pay the fee — but the club have refused.

It is understood that the amount he will ultimately have to hand over will be relative to his earnings .

Ronaldo’ s current net salary of £ 340 ,000 – a – week is dwarfed the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar , who he is seeking parity with .

Both the Portuguese striker and Spanish tax authorities want the matter sorted soon — ideally before the start of the World Cup.

Last summer , and during the early part of this season, rumours emanating from Ronaldo’ s camp suggested he wanted to leave as he was unhappy .

And one of the reasons cited was that he felt a lack of protection from the club over his problems with the tax authorities .

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However , he found a new lease of life since 2018 and has been instrumental in Los Blancos ’ march to a third – consecutive Champions League final — and is in talks over a new contract .

Meanwhile , Ronaldo has made it clear to Real the five players he does not want in the team next season, according to reports in Spain.

Los Blancos are expected to undergo a major squad revamp in the summer , according to Daily Star .

And club president Florentino Perez is concerned by the ageing problem in his side .

Their poor showing in La Liga has led many to believe that Zinedine Zidane could be axed at the end of the season too.