Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

The striker said that he arrived in Russian Federation "much more mature" than when he participated in his first World Cup four years ago in Brazil, when the hosts were humiliated 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semifinal, a game Neymar missed due to injury.

Rio de Janeiro, June 16: Brazilian striker Neymar has said that he is the "world's best player", given that Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo are "from another planet." .

The goal allowed Ronaldo to join Ferenc Puskas as Europe's top worldwide scorer with 84 goals, matching a record that was set more than six decades ago. The 33-year-old joined Brazil's Pele (1958-70), West Germany's Uwe Seeler (1958-70) and Germany's Miroslav Klose (2002-14) as the only players to score in four World Cups.

The World Cup hasn't been where Ronaldo has impressed the most, though. In the other games Iran won their first match at a World Cup finals in 20 years thanks to an own goal by Morocco in the fifth minute of added-time. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid.

Ronaldo had nine goals in the four European Championships in which he played, including three in the title-winning campaign in France.

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While it was reported that Ronaldo was the first to achieve that feat, it was in fact Asamoah Gyan, who has gone one better and scored in nine major tournaments in a row. "We are a very highly technical team and if you don't have the ball it will be hard, we have to correct some aspects of our play".

Yesterday's hat-trick came just hours after legal sources in Spain said Ronaldo had agreed to pay the Spanish taxman 18.8 million euros to settle a tax fraud claim.

Ronaldo's performance against Spain came despite him arriving in Russian Federation surrounded by distractions about his club future and a tax-fraud accusation back in Madrid. Earlier, he had already been criticized for not saying whether he would continue at Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Summing up the game, Mourinho said he thought the second-half substitution of Diego Costa, who scored twice, hurt Spain. "Every season he is scoring 40 or 50 goals".

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