Santos Backs Ronaldo Amidst Tax Evasion Accusations

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos, says he totally trusts Cristiano Ronaldo as a man and a player, as he is accused of tax evasion in Madrid.

Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a complaint against the Portuguese star of tax evasion totalling €14.7 million.

Santos has launched a passionate defence of his star striker, insisting Ronaldo’s character should not be questioned.

“I’ve known him for many years,” he told a news conference ahead of Portugal’s Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan.

“I was his last coach in Portugal when he was 18 years old. I can put my hands on the fire for his character and integrity, as a man and an athlete. That’s my clear statement. I trust him 100 per cent as an athlete and as a man.”

Santos was pressed on the subject further but preferred to focus on on-field matters, adding: “I’m sure you want to ask the same questions but I will answer no more questions about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I have a pact with my players, I have a great relationship with each of them. We’ve laid down that everything to do with their personal relationships is done outside the team.

“When we’re focused on a tournament, all those other issues, we don’t pay attention to.

“So you have to pay attention to what the sources are for this information. I never heard about some of the news being spread. Either I am deaf, and I’m not, everyone knows I’m a great listener, or you have to be careful about where this news comes from.

“Cristiano supports every single player in the team and we have a great relationship. There are no individuals. Each player supports the other.”

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