- Cristiano Ronaldo told a judge he was being persecuted because of who he was
- The Real Madrid star was responding to questions by a judge during a court hearing
- Ronaldo was dragged to court by Spanish authorities over allegations of tax fraud
Cristiano Ronaldo's comments in court on Monday July 31 during a hearing into allegations of tax evasion by Spanish authorities have been made public.
The Real Madrid star respond to questions from judge Mónica Gómez Ferrer during his one hour and a half appearance in court.
At the beginning of the case, when asked if he was Cristiano Ronaldo, he stated: “If I wasn’t called Cristiano Ronaldo I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
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Judge Gómez Ferrer replied: “You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are.
"You are under investigation for an alleged financial crime based on the evidence provided by the public prosecutor and upon which it is my duty to make a ruling.”
But Ronaldo reiterated his stance in his next statement: “No, no. All of this is happening because I am Cristiano Ronaldo.”
After the hearing, Ronaldo refused to talk to the media but released a statement written statement from the player and his lawyers.
The player said he was innocent and promised never to talk about the case again until it was resolved.
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