Like every season Cristiano Ronaldo has again been linked with Manchester United. The Real Madrid superstar’s relation with his present club has been dismantled after the 32-year-old has been charged with alleged tax evasion by the Spanish tax authorities.

Despite having signed a new lucrative contract recently, the Portuguese forward is reportedly hasn’t liked the way his club have reacted in this matter. Instead of standing firmly beside him, Madrid just issued a statement citing their allegiance with Ronaldo in this matter. There hasn’t been any specific approach from Florentino Perez to solve the problem who is a very esteemed personality in Spain.

The ex-Manchester United player has been issued a lawsuit in four different matters starting from 2011 to 2014. In Spain, the tax rates are very high and a number of high-profile players have been accused of evading the taxes with another high-profile name being Lionel Messi.

The Argentine playmaker has been handed a 21 months prison sentence for defrauding of €4.1m. But neither he nor his father faced a jail term as in Spain, a sentence under two years can be served as a probation and the same goes for Ronaldo although the player is yet to face trial and according to reports, he is going to testify before the court on 31st July.

Amidst of this link up, Jose Mourinho has particularly refused to entertain this matter as he sets his eyes on a number of different players. The two do not share a very cordial relationship and the 54-year-old had a number of issues with the player during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, particularly towards the end.

So apparently Mourinho wouldn’t want a player with whom he had a bitter and sour relation and it could affect the Old Trafford club. Added to that, Mourinho has prioritised Alvaro Morata as one of the marquee players to bring in this summer but Ronaldo’s recent incident has put a barrier to this move. He wants to remain focused on his targets and that’s why probably a move for the Portuguese superstar doesn’t make sense for him.

Someone like Ronaldo is expected to cost a mammoth fee which would surely scupper all the well-laid plans at Old Trafford and emotions aside, it won’t be helping the club in any manner in the long run.

And to be honest the trend over the last few years involving Ronaldo and Manchester United has been a worrying one with the Portuguese superstar always ending up with a fatter paycheck at the end of it all after having raised the hopes of millions of Red Devils fans all over the globe and it is sensible on the part of Jose to put an end to this recurring annual event.

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Anirban Sarkar

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.