Florentino: I will never sell Ronaldo, even for his weight in gold

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has declared Gareth Bale is not for sale.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his image rights via a complicated web of shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

"Sell Cristiano? Never. I wouldn't sell Cristiano if they paid his weight in gold", Perez, who is on holiday in Italy, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

While a deal to Manchester United never materialised and the forward signed a new contract in the Spanish capital, he reignited talk of a move back after court comments were leaked to the Spanish press.

"Only great players obtain large crowds", he continued.

That structure had been recommended to the Portuguese captain by United via their specialist sports lawyer Chris Farnell.

"When I arrived in Manchester as an 18-year-old they told me that [the tax arrangements used] were the best mechanism I could have, just as for the other players".

The Real Madrid star has been accused by the Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of nearly €15 million.

Ronaldo has been included in Zinedine Zidane's squad for a meeting with his former club, with it possible that he could make his first appearance for the Blancos since the 2017 Champions League final.

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