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Re-elected Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has described the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's future as "very strange".

The 32-year-old has made 394 appearances for Los Blancos since, scoring 406 goals and assisting a further 125 strikes.

The Portuguese global is now in Russian Federation competing for the European champions in the Confederations Cup.

It now needs Ronaldo to set the record straight in order to show the world that he really does want to leave Real; otherwise, United will simply have to get on with their business without him.

The rumours of Ronaldo leaving the Spanish giants emerged after allegations of around £15 million tax fraud by a law firm.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.39 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.

Prosecutors in Madrid had filed a complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon that accused the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations.

And Pepe, a close friend of Ronaldo and seemingly bound for a move to PSG, will attempt to convince Ronaldo to join him in Paris as the pair embark on the Confederations Cup.

Ronaldo's unease has been apparent for some time, with the Portuguese repeatedly airing his grievances at being whistled by the club's notoriously demanding fans. "I found out about all this from a newspaper", Perez said.

Make sense? Perhaps to some, certainly not to Real Madrid, who will probably keep Ronaldo, sign Mbappe and ignore their defence for another summer and still win every trophy on offer. "You (the media) say things about Cris without knowing the truth", he said.

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There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.

In reply, Barca "responded with incremental salary increases that, in a way, helped the footballer face up to the fine and to calm minds", El Mundo recalled yesterday.