Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Spanish club Real Madrid that he wants them to pay his fine to the Spanish tax office and keep him out of jail.
Ronaldo, 33, was hit with a charge for allegedly defrauding the government of £13m last year, and El Confidencial reports that he has struck a deal to pay the tax authorities a total sum of £26.45m (€30m) to avoid spending time in jail.
It is understood that, amid contract negotiations, Ronaldo, 33, has requested Real Madrid pay the fee — but the club have refused.
Ronaldo’s current net salary of £340,000-a-week is dwarfed by 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.
Ronaldo was strongly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu last summer over claims he was unhappy the club hadn’t protected him from the tax authorities.
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.
While he may get the pay rise he arguably deserves, it remains highly unlikely club president Florentino Perez will give in to his demands and pay the tax fine.