LFP Chief Javier Tebas Says He Has No Doubt Cristiano Ronaldo Is Innocent

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2017

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks thinkful during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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LFP President Javier Tebas has backed Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in his tax evasion case, saying he believes the icon is innocent of the charges.

Tebas told La Sexta (h/t Goal), "Knowing the environment and the professional that it is, I have no doubt that Cristiano is innocent. 

We live in a time when any news related to the Spanish treasury is to point out criminals. From what I have read, I am convinced that there is no crime."

Ronaldo has been accused of evading millions of Euros of taxations, prompting the superstar to reportedly want to leave La Liga.

Goal wrote: "Ronaldo is alleged to have committed four crimes between the years of 2011 and 2014 by hiding from the treasury the income generated in Spain by his image rights, which is a "voluntary and conscious" breach of one's tax obligations in the country."

Ronaldo is now seeking to leave the country and has told Real he is ready to leave, per Goal.

The LFP chief said his organisation would "suffer" if the four-time Ballon d’Or winner left Spanish football.