'Outraged' at being unfairly treated by Spanish tax authorities, Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to quit Real Madrid and the country.
The 32-year-old feels is livid over being singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m (£12.8m).
The Portugal star "feels great indignation" at all the speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations - which he contests - and has made a decision to leave Spain, reports The Guardian citing a source.
Earlier this week, Ronaldo's agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying: "There is no tax evasion scheme ... There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything."
On Thursday Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, posted a picture with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption: "Sometimes the best answer it's to be quiet."
With the staggering development, the possible availability of Ronaldo, one of the world's most marketable players, is bound to alert a number of top clubs, including the big-spending Chinese Super League sides who are looking to make a statement.
However, his Real contract is understood to have a €1bn (£874m) buy-out clause and, in May, Forbes calculated his pre-tax salary as being close to 45m a year.
Ronaldo has helped Real win the Champions League three times, scoring twice in last month's final as they became the first club to retain the title, and he is also the competition's record goalscorer with 105.
He has also won two La Liga titles with the club he joined from Manchester United for £80m in 2009.
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