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Cristiano Ronaldo has paid the Spanish tax man £12.1million and accepted a two-year suspended prison sentence.

It appears the 33-year-old Juventus forward is wasting no time clearing debts and cutting all ties with Madrid and Spain following his transfer from Real to Juve. There are also suggestions he plans to pull his business interests out of the capital.

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported that Ronaldo has deposited the £12.1m and will also pay a further £4.7m in fines and costs. He will never have to serve the prison sentence because first offences for administrative crimes involving terms of two years or less are not custodial in Spain.

FC Barcelona have announced record revenues of €914m for the 2017-2018 season, a trend that could allow the team to achieve an annual revenue of €1 billion by 2021.

“The board has valued the final balance of the year positively, and it’s in line with the strategic plan of the club to reach €1,000 million of income in 2021,” the club said.

One of the big reasons for such a massive income is the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017 for a world-record fee of €222m.

In 2014, Real Madrid bought the best goalkeeper of the World Cup and four years on they look set to repeat the exercise by signing Thibaut Courtois.

After the Brazil World Cup they picked off Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican had not lifted the Golden Glove award because World Cup winner Manuel Neuer had been awarded it but Navas was outstanding throughout the tournament.

Fast forward four years and on Sunday, Courtois was announced goalkeeper of the tournament. The Golden Glove winner could be available for a bargain price of around €40m (£35.2m) because he has only one year left on his Real Madrid contract, and he has told the Premier League side he has no intention of signing a new deal.

Gareth Bale has had to play second fiddle to the best player in the world the last five seasons, but with Cristiano Ronaldo now in Turin, is it now the Welshman’s time in Madrid?

Madrid begin life after Ronaldo, and Zidane, on Monday with the start of their preseason training where Bale met his new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui, speaking perfect English, is reported to have said all the right things to the hero of Real Madrid’s 2018 Champions League final success.

Bale and his representatives now want to see if things pan out that way over the next week or so.

According to former club president Ramon Calderon, Real Madrid have made an ‘historic error’ by selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus,

The Portuguese star was official introduced as a Juventus player on Monday after completing a £100million transfer to the Serie A giants, ending a trophy-laden nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old is Real’s all-time leading scorer with 450 goals in 438 appearances, winning the Champions League four times during his time with the club.

And Calderon, the man responsible for bringing Ronaldo to Madrid from Manchester United back in 2009, believes the club have made a mistake.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The club are looking to respond after title rivals signed and are aiming to agree a deal worth €45million (£40m) in the coming days.

Ancelotti was a firm advocate of Benzema during his time as Real Madrid manager and believes he will add a touch of stardust as well as quality to his Napoli squad.

Benzema has been a consistent performer since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2009 and has scored 192 goals in 413 appearances. Despite this, Real Madrid’s fickle fan base have never warmed to him.

With the departure of Andres Iniesta, it already looked like the start of a new era of sorts for Barcelona heading into the new season.

But many more are set to follow the Barca legend out the door at the Nou Camp as the Spanish champions aim to raise about €150 million in sales.

According to the Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona want to offload seven fringe players in a squad revamp having already allowed Iniesta as well as Paulinho to depart already.

Barcelona have unveiled their new signing Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio on Monday. The midfielder, who cost €30 million, signed a six-year contract with a buy-out clause of €400m.

Arthur arrived in the Spanish City on Monday and gave his first interview with Barca TV where he said:

‘I’m very happy. This is a dream I’ve had since I was little.’

‘I always dreamed of putting on the FC Barcelona jersey. Today is a great day.

‘This is a championship calibre club and that is my objective, to win as many titles as possible because I know this badge deserves it.

Well Florentino Pérez has gotten his wish. Despite winning the Champions League in four of the past five seasons, Real struggled domestically, finishing 17 points behind champions Barcelona last season.

Perez has already gotten rid of manager Zinedine Zidane, replacing him with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.

Next on his wish list was to move move Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid and that has now been accomplished with the news of Ronaldo’s $112m move to Juventus.

Now Perez needs to find a Galácticos, or two, to replace Ronaldo at the box office, and just as importantly. someone to replace his 40+ goals a season.

Even though the story had been bubbling ever since Portugal got knocked out of the World Cup, few people felt that it would happen. That Cristiano Ronaldo would actually leave Real Madrid.

But the Ballon d’Or holder is doing just that, as Juventus will pay Real Madrid €112m for the 33-year-old Ronaldo. In a statement to Real Madrid fans, Ronaldo wrote:

These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.

I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for its fans and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.