The fact that he never experienced any tax issues in England could see Cristiano Ronaldo return to the UK, the player has admitted.
Speaking during his appearance in court last Monday, Ronaldo reportedly told the judge that he would consider going back to the country where he played between 2003 and 2009, before his transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
“I never had any problem in England, which is why I’d like to return,” the player said in a loud voice, according to Cadena SER radio station.
The 32-year-old then went on to explain the perceived differences between the tax systems in the UK and in Spain.
“I remember when I arrived in England they told me that things work like this,” he said.
“When I arrived in Manchester as an 18-year-old they told me that [the tax arrangements used] were the best mechanism I could have, just as for the other players.
“In Spain, the indication was to pay more to avoid having problems.”
He continually stressed that he was innocent and that he doesn’t look to avoid paying what he owes.
“Whenever I go to a place, I pay what I have to pay, because the truth always becomes known,” he said.
During the testimony, Ronaldo denied that he previously knew the societies in which his image rights were managed were located offshore, but said that he is now aware of this.