‘Ronaldo in a phase of pain’ over tax accusations

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Luis Campos believes that the superstar will require time to get over the claims and insists that Portugal ace is simply "concentrated on his work"

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take time to get over the shock of tax avoidance allegations, according to a close friend of the player's agent Jorge Mendes.

Compatriot Luis Campos is Lille’s sporting director, having previously been behind much of the success in the transfer market that Monaco have enjoyed, and he claims that the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar is having to take stock of what has happened to him.

'Ronaldo is wanted at Real Madrid'

Swiftly following the announcement that the 32-year-old was being investigated, it was reported that he wanted to leave Spain, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain both closely linked with a move for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“The situation with Real Madrid is a little tender, which is normal,” Campos admitted to Telefoot. “But Cristiano will have to take time to take the correct decision, I’m sure.

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“I’ve spoken with him. Ronaldo is someone who is concentrated on his work. No-one thinks that he’s the one who files his own tax return. 

“At the beginning, he was very surprised and now he’s in a phase of pain that will pass.

“He wants to give a good image of himself to the world, and at the moment that’s a bit complicated.”

Ronaldo is currently on Confederations Cup duty with Portugal, who he has helped into the semi-finals by scoring in two of their three group matches. He will next play on June 28, with Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon all possible opponents. 

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