Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been a hot topic in the media lately. Whether the response is negative or positive, news about Ronaldo always manages to errupt.
Ronaldo scored the only goal to defeat Russia on Wednesday, hosts of the 2017 Confederations Cup. Although Russia showed determination in Moscow, their poor start was to their detriment as they could not find the equalising goal.
In their opening Group A game at the Confederations Cup, Portugal managed a 2-2 draw to Mexico.
The 32-year-old Ronaldo, whose future at Madrid appears to be in doubt, headed the ball at the 8th minute. He now has scored 74 goals for Portugal, and is the highest paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes. But is this enough of an achievement to distract him from his daunting tax situation?
He had been accused of evading millions of euros and had allegedly committed four crimes of hiding income between the years of 2011 to 2014.
But Ronaldo has the support of Portugal manager, Fernando Santos who defended Ronaldo after he refused to speak to the media at the Confederations Cup, says SoccerLaduma.
Santos mentioned: “[Ronaldo’s] here to talk about the game – full stop. He's not talking about his family, Real Madrid, nothing. He's here to talk about the game.”
Portugal will play against New Zealand on Saturday, 24 June where a potential semi-final spot will be reserved if they reign victorious over New Zealand.