So you guys, I’ve read the article… they say they source is someone very close to Cristiano (as they always say). But A Bola is a pretty reliable newspaper. Like I said, the article’s main point and what they say is “the last drop” in Cristiano’s decision is the tax evasion accusations. A Bola even goes as far as quoting this source and saying Cristiano is done “being the clown in the circus” they (presumably Spanish authorities and media) are trying to build around his name. He’s done being the “scape goat” and felt “offended” and “hurt” by Real Madrid suggesting he should reach an agreement with the authorities and pay a fine. They then refer several different legal experts that have explained why Cristiano is not guilty of evading his tax duties.
Finally, the article also makes sure to point out that this wasn’t an easy decision and that what’s at stake isn’t Cristiano being unhappy with the club, but being unhappy living in Spain and he wants to move.
There are always two options with this type of “close source” articles - you either believe them or you don’t. Other publications like Record, Marca and AS as well as reputable professionals like portuguese journalist Nuno Luz and spanish journalist Tomás Roncero have confirmed Cristiano’s desire to leave going as far as saying this has something that’s been on his mind for a long time now.
If it’s true, this is clearly a case of Cristiano being fed up with the way he’s treated in Spain, which I think we can all agree is deplorable. We forget he’s human and having his name associated with a number of stupid stories every damn day has got to be extenuating. According to Roncero, Real Madrid are hoping this is a decision made in the heat of the moment and that Cristiano will think it over until the start of next season. I agree, I think the past week has been unbelievable with the amount of people talking about Cristiano’s personal life, accusing him of a bunch of different things, and it has all come at the same time and that’s got to be really hard.
So I guess what I’m saying is… what the original A Bola article says is partially true - I don’t have a hard time believing Cristiano is done with all this bullshit - but I don’t think the decision is “irreversible”. I think that after this all dies down, after this story serves its purpose which is to scare the living shit out of the tax authorities, Real Madrid, and everyone really, after everything calms down, in the end, Cristiano won’t leave. What he is doing right now is demanding a little bit of respect, reminding everyone that he still holds the wheel, that people can’t just invent whatever they want about him and use his name to, like that source said, start a “circus”. He’s hit his limit, and he’s done, and he’s allowed to be done, but him leaving would seriously harm a lot of different institutions, especially Real Madrid and the Spanish state. So, in the end, this is him throwing an ultimatum out there: you either stop treating me like shit, or I leave. That’s my take on it.