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Xavi on Ronaldo tax allegations: "It surprises me, it's stratospheric"

The former Barcelona midfielder has expressed his shock about reports alleging that Cristiano Ronaldo is involved in a multi-million-euro system of 'tax evasion'.

Xavi on Ronaldo tax allegations: "It surprises me, it's stratospheric"
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Xavi Hernández has expressed his shock at the reports accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of moving 150 million euros from rights image contracts into offshore accounts.

In an interview with RAC1, the former Barcelona midfielder said: “It surprises me the thing with Cristiano, it’s a stratospheric figure.

"I’ve always tried to do things in line with the law"

“I’ve always tried to do things in line with the law, but even so, the tax office could consider they haven’t been done accordingly.”

Xavi and Ronaldo haven't seen eye-to-eye lately

Tax issues aside, Ronaldo and Xavi haven’t seen eye-to-eye as of late after Xavi suggested in September that the Real Madrid man is “not on the same level” as his ex-Barça teammate Lionel Messi.

“He has no Ballon d’Ors, I have three”

Cristiano angrily responded: “He has no Ballon d’Ors, I have three.”

Then in an interview a few weeks later, Xavi laughed off the Portuguese star’s taunts, saying: “I saw that Cristiano didn’t take that very well but I still think the same. What he said about his Ballons d’Or is true as well. I try not to make mistakes but my opinion changes. I didn’t lack respect towards him. Did he towards me? What do you think?”