Cristiano Ronaldo's first manager says striker is destined to stay at Real Madrid

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Los Blancos legend: Ronaldo.

The man who launched Cristiano Ronaldo’s career says the Portuguese striker won’t leave Real Madrid.

Laszlo Bolini, the manager who gave Ronaldo his first-team debut at Sporting Lisbon, believes any move away from Madrid would be a step down.

“I hope that Ronaldo never decides towards the end of his career to drop back down to a level he hasn’t played at for a very, very long time – a level which could only cause him harm,” the current Royal Antwerp manager said.

“I think he should, and will, finish his career at Real Madrid.”

Bolini became Sporting coach in 2001; that year, Ronaldo made his debut across various different youth categories at the club, before making his first-team debut the same season. His manager treated his star pupil with caution, moving him out wide to protect him.

“I moved him out to the wing because coming up against two 90kg centre-backs would have been a little too much for a boy of 16 or 17. Plus, he was better able to exploit his qualities out wide, without losing his effectiveness.”

Sir Alex Ferguson followed suit at Manchester United, where Ronaldo became one of the world’s best wingers, although in his later years at the club he was occasionally deployed as a striker as well, and he’s grown into an explosive player at that position.

“Today, he’s free to go where he wants,” Bolini says.

Since his Lisbon days, the Portuguese star has gone onto achieve greatness, and is the frontrunner to win FIFA’s Best Men’s Player for a second straight year. The award will be announced on Monday, and Boloni says that although he has the greatest respect for Lionel Messi, he hopes Ronaldo wins the gong.

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Real Madrid's Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Marcelo

Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid €490,917 earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

According to court documents, Marcelo earned €1,168,764 from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities.

Marcelo is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years.

Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded €14.7 million worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016.

However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi’s sentence was later replaced by a 252,000 euro fine.

* Provided by AFP

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Player ratings and round-up as Cristiano Ronaldo bags late Real Madrid winner

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Cristiano Ronaldo atoned for a glaring miss by scoring his first LaLiga goal of the season as Real Madrid defeated cross-city rivals Getafe 2-1.

The reigning Spanish champions had gone ahead in the first half when Karim Benzema also opened his account in the division but Getafe levelled in controversial circumstances through Jorge Molina, who looked offside when he struck nine minutes into the second half.

After that Ronaldo, whose five previous goals this term had come in the Champions League or Spanish Super Cup, somehow prodded wide from close range only to make amends with the winner in the 85th minute.

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STAR MAN

Benzema. May not have been on the pitch when Real claimed their winner but he took his first-half goal brilliantly and showed excellent link-up play with Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

IN WITH THE CROWD

One way to sneak past security and go undetected as a pitch invader is to dress up in full Real Madrid kit, as one man did midway through the first half. He managed to grab a chat with an unimpressed Ronaldo before being led away. Even the pitch invader might have scored the second-half chance the Portuguese squandered…

STAT OF THE MATCH

Real have now won 13 successive games away from home in the division – a feat no other team has managed in the history of LaLiga.

RATINGS

Getafe

Vicente Guaita 8
Damian Suarez 6
Djene Dakonam 8
Cala 7
Vitorino Antunes 5
Alvaro 6
Faycal Fajr 6
Markel Bergara 6
Amath Diedhiou 7
Mauro Arambarri 7
Jorge Molina Vidal 6

Substitutes

Francisco Portillo (on for Alvaro, 15) 6
Mehdi Lacen (on for Diedhiou, 68) 6
Bruno (on for Arambarri, 84) 5

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Kiko Casilla 6
Achraf Hakimi 6
Nacho 7
Sergio Ramos 6
Marcelo 6
Lucas Vazquez 5
Marcos Llorente 6
Toni Kroos 6
Marco Asensio 6
Karim Benzema 8
Cristiano Ronaldo 7

Substitutes

Isco (on for Vazquez, 72) 7
Theo Hernandez (on for Marcelo, 72) 6
Borja Mayoral (on for Benzema, 81) 6

WHO’S UP NEXT?

Levante v Getafe (LaLiga, October 21)
Real Madrid v Tottenham (Champions League, October 17)

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