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Ronaldo attracting the headlines after report he might leave

Messi, who is the five times Ballon d’Or victor, has been consistently compared to Los Blancos forward Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair seen as the best two players in the world, but Asensio believes the set-up at Madrid is already good enough without the potential addition of the Argentina worldwide.Cedric Soares and Pepe, who had been practicing separately because they were not fully fit, joined the rest of Portugal’s group in Thursday’s session at Rubin Kazan’s training grounds.Cristiano Ronaldo remains “focused and very serious” about Portugal’s Confederations Cup campaign after a sensational report emerged claiming he wants to leave Real Madrid.Reports that Ronaldo wanted to leave Real were sparked on Friday in the Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The player did not talk to reporters in Kazan.Spain’s tax authorities have asked prosecutors to press charges against Ronaldo for tax fraud and are reportedly seeking a five-year jail sentence.After the report, worldwide media filled Portugal’s training session in Kazan, where Ronaldo trained normally with the rest of the squad.He is now at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation with the Portuguese national team where his team mate Andre Silva said that Ronaldo was motivated for the tournament. The prosecutor said Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of tax he paid.Ronaldo’s representatives have strongly denied an accusation that the forward concealed earnings and defrauded the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.”Conscience clear, always”, Ronaldo told reporters at Lisbon airport as he and his Portuguese teammates prepared to fly out to Russian Federation.Madrid have expressed “full confidence” in Ronaldo and believe he will be proved innocent of any wrongdoing, but nonetheless he is claimed to have made an “irreversible decision” to leave Santiago Bernabeu.Before the Champions League final two weeks ago, when Madrid won its second consecutive title with two goals by Ronaldo, the star forward said that he was never jeered while playing for Manchester United, and that he missed his time in England even though he loved living in Madrid and playing for Real Madrid.