Garcia: Madrid would be fine without Ronaldo

“I haven’t spoken with Cristiano, I learned about it because of what came out in the newspapers”.While it would be sad to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid, Masters champion Sergio Garcia feels the Spanish and European champions would be fine without their all-time leading goalscorer.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has yet to speak with Cristiano Ronaldo regarding speculation that the star forward wants to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud. “To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process”, the statement from Gestifute Media read.”I believe everyone must comply with their tax obligations and I know that Cristiano always does things the right way”.However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2.Mourinho led Madrid to the Liga title in 2011-12, before first returning to Chelsea and then taking over at Old Trafford past year. The Madrid prosecutor said the case was presented to a local court.When it became public that a prosecutor in Madrid filed a tax fraud complaint against Ronaldo on June 13, the news went viral and several global media platforms speculated that this could cause the footballer to leave Real Madrid this summer.Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights.It will be up to a judge to decide whether to take Mourinho to court.Despite being handed a 16-month sentence, Di Maria will not go to prison as is normal in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.A prosecutor said that Mourinho did not declare income from use of his image rights in order to gain an “illicit benefit”.Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.