RM will defend Ronaldo ‘at all costs’

Real Madrid will defend Cristiano Ronaldo ‘at all costs’ following reports he could face prosecution for alleged tax evasion of €14.7m.

President Florentino Perez broke his silence on the issue on Monday night after he was re-elected in his position – unchallenged – for another four year-term and insisted on the Portuguese player’s innocence.

"I will defend him [Ronaldo] at all costs as both a player and as a person. [I have] complete confidence [that he is innocent], he has always wanted to fulfill his fiscal commitments," Perez told radio station Onda Cero.

"There must be some sort of confusion which will be clarified. What I have been told is that he has the same structure [in Spain] that he had in England and there was no problem there.

"I'm sure Cristiano wouldn't want us to pay his fine if there was one as he's not like that. If he's angry it's because he feels unjustly treated.

"I've been affected by how the Cristiano news has been treated by the media. The presumption of innocence has not been respected.

“The only thing I know is that he's angry about the treatment the media have given him. [Jorge] Mendes called me and told me that."

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