La Liga president Javier Tebas has come out to say the reason behind CR7’s exit from the league is due to Spain’s high tax rate as he agreed a switch to the Serie A champions worth €112 million (£100m/$130m), signing a four-year contract.
The Portuguese forward released a statement via Madrid’s website to explain his reason for requesting to leave, citing the need for a “new cycle” at this stage in his career.
However, Tebas believes the move was also partially motivated by money, noting that the player will able to earn more in Italy.
“He’ll earn more money than here,” Tebas told Marca TV.
“I think that fiscally it favours him to go to Italy. Here, in Spain, we have a problem with fiscal competition.
“Out of the biggest leagues, Spain is where the players have the worst tax situation.”