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Cristiano Ronaldo to pay £16.5m fine after tax fraud case

Cristiano Ronaldo to pay £16.5m fine after tax fraud case Cristiano Ronaldo to pay £16.5m fine after tax fraud case
Stacy Diaz | 16 June, 2018, 10:41

Speaking about the Portugal vs Spain gaame Ronaldo said:"It's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career", and that "For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup".

The 33-year-old came to Russian Federation on the back of a storming finish to the club season with Madrid and he has now carried that on into the World Cup.

In the process, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor became the first player to score in eight consecutive major global tournaments.

The only others to have done that are Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose. Since finding the net at Euro 2004, he has gone on to grab goals at three further European Championships and four successive World Cups.

"More than his physical shape, it's his mental strength", mused Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

The Real Madrid icon remained composed, focused and the outcome was never really in doubt. Was it a ploy to distract Ronaldo from the game?

In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then $6.4 million).

On the field, Ramos's task will be to keep Real teammate Ronaldo quiet in the Group B fixture.

Costa had tangled with opposing defender Pepe in the build-up to the goal, which was the first at a World Cup to be given after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).

He even needed to contend with De Gea, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at present, attempting to intimidate him. "Portugal are hoping to get through the first round", he said, with matches against Morocco and Iran to come next. I'm happy - that was my best performance in a World Cup.