CRISTIANO Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants them to pay his fine to the Spanish tax office.
The former Manchester United man was hit with a charge for allegedly defrauding the government of £ 13 m last year.
And El Confidencial reports that , as things stand, he has struck a deal to pay the tax authorities a total sum of £ 26 . 45 m ( € 30 m ) to avoid spending time in jail .
It adds that , amid contract negotiations , Ronaldo , 33 , has requested Real Madrid pay the fee — but the club have refused.
It is understood that the amount he will ultimately have to hand over will be relative to his earnings.
Ronaldo ’ s current net salary of £ 340 , 000 – a – week is dwarfed the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar , who he is seeking parity with.
Both the Portuguese striker and Spanish tax authorities want the matter sorted soon — ideally before the start of the World Cup.
Last summer , and during the early part of this season , rumours emanating from Ronaldo’ s camp suggested he wanted to leave as he was unhappy.
And one of the reasons cited was that he felt a lack of protection from the club over his problems with the tax authorities.
However , he found a new lease of life since 2018 and has been instrumental in Los Blancos’ march to a third -consecutive Champions League final — and is in talks over a new contract.
Meanwhile , Ronaldo has made it clear to Real the five players he does not want in the team next season , according to reports in Spain.
Los Blancos are expected to undergo a major squad revamp in the summer , according to Daily Star.
And club president Florentino Perez is concerned by the ageing problem in his side.