Cristiano Ronaldo slams ‘fake news propagators’ on Instagram

The reigning Ballon d’Or holder’s post, after translation, reads as: “Don’t try to erase the beautiful moment I’m living with fake news!!! Life is good. Blessed.”

Ronaldo, who achieved a career landmark of 50 hat-tricks with a quadruple against Girona in the La Liga on the weekend, was charged in 2017 for fraudulently evading almost €15 million in tax between 2011 and 2014, a claim which he has continued to vehemently deny at almost every instance.

The 33-year-old Portuguese joined a long list of high-profile personalities from the footballing world to have fallen foul with tax authorities in Spain as arch-rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, former Real Madrid manager and current Manchester United incumbent Jose Mourinho, and ex-Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, among many others, have been at the centre of a tax-fraud storm over the past year.

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