The big news in the soccer world this week is that, following accusations of tax evasion, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly interested in leaving club team Real Madrid and the nation of Spain altogether.
The striker was avoiding talk over his future yesterday after helping Portugal earn a last-gasp 2-2 draw against Mexico in the Confederations Cup.
Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.39 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Attempting to make a statement of intent following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement that summer, Woodward and United pushed hard and believed they had a strong chance of putting Ronaldo back in a red shirt.
Prosecutors in Madrid had filed a complaint to a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon that accused the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations.
"Ronaldo is a lot more powerful and more important than all of us who are here", he added.
Paper Round's view: Whilst it doesn't seem likely that Conte will just walk away from Chelsea, the board would probably be wise to give him a signing or two in the near future, particularly if United do press ahead and sign Ronaldo.
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"I think it's an emotional situation right now... all I can say is he's playing at a fantastic club", he told Omnisport.
Ronaldo was a world-record signing of intent from United after Perez returned as president eight years ago, the forward being part of a £225million summer spending spree that also saw the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso move to Real.