La Liga: Zinedine Zidane calls Cristiano Ronaldo amid exit rumours, asks him to stay at Real Madrid

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored 38 goals in all competitions this season for Real Madrid as the club won La Liga and defended their Champions League title.

AFP June 18, 2017 18:18:24 IST
La Liga: Zinedine Zidane calls Cristiano Ronaldo amid exit rumours, asks him to stay at Real Madrid

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane broke off his holiday to call Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to persuade his unsettled star not to quit the club, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on Sunday.

Ronaldo, on Confederations Cup duty in Russia with Portugal, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

La Liga Zinedine Zidane calls Cristiano Ronaldo amid exit rumours asks him to stay at Real Madrid

File image of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Reuters

"I am leaving Real Madrid," Marca claim Ronaldo told his Portuguese colleagues. "I have made a decision. There is no turning back," the daily sports paper reported.

According to Marca when Zidane heard Ronaldo had sworn to quit he broke off from his family holiday and called his No 7 to tell him Madrid "needed him for his goals, and also his winning mentality".

Marca also reported that club captain Sergio Ramos had called Ronaldo to ask him to stay.

In just 265 games for Real Madrid Ronaldo has scored 285 goals, winning three Champions League finals in four seasons.

The 32-year-old Ronaldo is the latest football superstar to come under scrutiny for tax evasion after Lionel Messi was handed a 2.1-million-euro ($2.3 million) fine last year for avoiding paying taxes on part of the income he earned from image rights via companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay.

Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.

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