The forward was man of the match in Portugal’s draw with Mexico, but skipped the post-game questions as he was ‘undergoing treatment’
Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to answer questions from the press at the Confederations Cup amid reports he wants to leave Real Madrid.
The Portugal captain was named Man of the Match as his side drew 2-2 with Mexico, meaning he is obliged to speak at the post-match press conference.
But reports have surfaced that he is “undergoing treatment”, and as such will not be taking any questions either regarding the game or his future.
Have to be fair though, the magic sponge worked wonders – he’s just positively bounded through the mixed zone.
— Nick Ames (@NickAmes82) June 18, 2017
Doubts over Ronaldo’s future emerged earlier in the week following accusations that the Madrid forward had concealed earnings and defrauded the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7 million.
Prosecutors in Madrid had filed a complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon that accused the four-time Ballon d’Or winner of a “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his tax obligations.
The complaint suggested Ronaldo had created a “business structure” in 2010 to conceal earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.
However, Gestifute – the company owned by the 32-year-old’s agent Jorge Mendes – issued a statement detailing their client’s arrangements for payments related to his image rights and insisted “there has never been concealment, or the slightest intention to conceal”.
On Friday, reports emerged that Ronaldo had made an ‘irreversible’ decision to leave Madrid and no longer play in Spain as a result of the treatment he has received.
He was linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain and former club Manchester United, with speculation claiming Ronaldo’s agent Mendes has been tasked with securing a return to Old Trafford.
Cope subsequently reported that Ronaldo has spoken to Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane about the situation and confirmed to his club boss that he does want to quit La Liga.
Ronaldo and Zidane will reportedly hold further talks at the end of the Confederations Cup, but, for now, the player is keeping his own counsel after not appearing at the post-match press conference following Portugal’s opening game of the tournament.
The attacker had created the opening goal for Ricardo Quaresma and, after being named man of the match, FIFA asked for Twitter users to send in their questions for Ronaldo.
— #ConfedCup (@FIFAcom) June 18, 2017
But, instead, Ronaldo was receiving treatment for an unspecified injury after the game and was not in a position to answer questions on any topic.
Portugal’s next game in the Confederations Cup is against hosts Russia on Wednesday before the European champions conclude Group A against New Zealand on Saturday.