Cristiano Ronaldo Rumours Denied by Bayern Munich in 'Hoax of the Day' Post

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2017

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 03:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have denied reports linking them with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in a post they've branded the "hoax of the day." 

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge responded to speculation from Gazetto dello Sport and told the club's official website:

"We're used to being the subject of intense transfer speculation during transfer windows. Normally we don't comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy."

The Bavarian outfit presented the "hoax of the day" via Franz the Bayern duck, their representative in the Bundesliga's annual rubber duck race, as the word "Ente" in German means both hoax and duck.

The club's English Twitter account also linked to the post:

Per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, Ronaldo seemingly wants to leave Real amid allegations of tax fraud in Spain, which has prompted widespread speculation regarding his future.

Football journalists Oliver Kay and Raphael Honigstein don't expect the forward to go anywhere:

Indeed, despite the legal troubles, the 32-year-old has everything he wants at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He helped fire the club to a La Liga title this season—just their second in eight years—as well as their third UEFA Champions League trophy in four years.

The club also give him the platform to rack up a phenomenal number of goals each season and win the Ballon d'Or with regularity. He's likely to win his fifth this year thanks to the key role he played in Real's success.

What's more, Los Blancos only gave him a five-year deal worth £365,000 per week in November, and he remains the world's highest-paid athlete.

Sports journalist Jonas Giaever can already see how Ronaldo's summer will go:

While Bayern are one of few clubs who could offer a similar level of prestige to Real and win silverware regularly enough to attract top players, Rummenigge has long made clear the club's inability to compete with Europe's wealthiest clubs in a financial sense.

He told Sport Bild (h/t Goal's Stefan Coerts) as much when Ronaldo signed his most recent deal: "Real Madrid have just renewed with three players and Ronaldo now supposedly earns €20.5 million after taxes. There is not even a single player in the Bundesliga who makes that kind of money before taxes!"

Ronaldo's departure from Real already seems unlikely, but speculation linking him with a move Munich is a non-starter.