CRISTIANO RONALDO has hinted he would prefer to play in England – because the tax authorities didn’t give him a hard time over his accounts.
The former Manchester United forward has hinted he would be happier in the Premier League after being hauled in front of a Spanish court over a £13.1million bill.
The 32-year-old was bruised by the allegations from Spanish tax authorities over the summer and was ready to hand in a transfer request at Madrid.
And now footage from a Spanish court, uploaded by YouTube channel Cracks, has shown how Ronaldo appeared to stop himself mid-sentence from saying that he would like to move back to England.
He said: “I didn’t hide anything and don’t even know what I am doing here.”
Ronaldo was then asked: “Did you have any problems?”
He replied: “I never had any problems in England. Never.
“That’s why… no I’m not going to say that I’d like to go back to England.”
The footage of a court conversation in Spanish, will give more encouragement to United fans – but Ed Woodward was reportedly reluctant to chase the Portuguese superstar last summer, with Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale preferred targets.
Ronaldo was then asked: “Why did you assign everything to 2014? Is it because your advisers told you to?”
He said: “Exactly, that was the information they gave me, but I did pay in 2014!
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“I don’t understand much about it. I left school after year 6th. The only thing I know how to do well is play football.
“If there are any problems, pay more to Spain. I don’t want any problems
“I want to be left alone, let me concentrate on playing football.
“Wherever I go I always pay whatever I need to pay.
“I always tell them ‘we must pay because the truth always comes out.'”