Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo says he and his teammates will support Cristiano Ronaldo “to a death” amid doubt over either a Portugal captain will play for a bar again.
Ronaldo, 32, is due in justice in Madrid on Jul 31 to answer charges brought by prosecutors during Spain’s Hacienda taxation authority, who say that he used a network of offshore companies to equivocate profitable during slightest €14.7 million in taxation on ‘image rights’ income, with experts observant that jail time is a genuine probability if he does not acknowledge shame and compensate a fine.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner’s stay have confirmed that he is trusting of any wrongdoing, and indignation during what he sees as harm in Spain lead him to let it be famous he was penetrating to leave a country. The boarding of his yacht by etiquette agents this week reportedly served as serve provocation.
Speaking from a news discussion during UCLA forward of a preseason training session, Marcelo pronounced he would wait to plead a emanate until Ronaldo assimilated adult with a patrol — that might or might not be in time for Aug. 2’s International Champions Cup Clasico against Barcelona in Miami.
“I have not oral with Cristiano about this,” Marcelo said. “He knows that his teammates are with him to a death. When he arrives we will pronounce with him and see how he is.”
Madrid landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday to start their preparations forward of an ICC report that starts on Jul 23 in Santa Clara, California, with a high-profile assembly with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Los Blancos also face their former boss’ side in a UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedeonia, on Aug 8.
The atmosphere between a dual clubs is now tense, according to sources during a English club, due to foe for comforts in LA and a feeling that Madrid will make another bid to pointer United goalkeeper David De Gea after this summer.
Marcelo was asked if there was superb “morbo,” or needle, from Mourinho’s 3 seasons in assign during a Bernabeu, during that he had depressed out with Blancos stars including then-captain Iker Casillas and stream skipper Sergio Ramos.
“I’ve not seen [Mourinho] here yet,” he said. “I don’t know what ‘morbo’ means. we never had any problems with him, have no reason for revenge. we played opposite him before, with no problem. It’s always good to play opposite a best, he is one of those, and helped me a lot when he was during Madrid.”
Marcelo pronounced he was mostly meddlesome in removing down to work and scheming good for a new deteriorate underneath a eye of a club’s earthy credentials dilettante Antonio Pintus.
“This is a third day here and we contingency keep going like this — work, work, work,” he said. “Preseason is pivotal for a whole season. Last year we we were really tired, though it was critical as we reached a finish of a deteriorate stronger.
“This year will be a same, we will work really hard, to strech a finish of a deteriorate good and quarrel for trophies.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan