Real Madrid released an official statement on their website backing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the face of an explosion of allegations that he illegally avoided paying taxes.
In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.
This can seem like a rather odd reaction from Real Madrid; not because they’re asserting that Ronaldo paid his taxes, but because they call for “respect.” That would seem like the least of one’s worries considering Ronaldo supposedly funneled €150 million to the Virgin Islands, but they do have a valid point considering the recent behavior of Football Leaks.
1. Football Leaks had some documents showing methods of non-criminal tax avoidance used by players. That's arguably in the public interest.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) December 5, 2016
2. But now they're just dumping player contracts and not even redacting personal information. https://t.co/OvE5htlc4M— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) December 5, 2016
3. Football Leaks is not doing a public service. They have mostly produced mediocre gossip at a price of invasion of privacy.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) December 5, 2016
It’s one thing to release important information to the public about high profile tax avoidance schemes, but it’s another thing entirely to start probing in and releasing personal affairs that have nothing to do with the matter.