"I'm leaving Real Madrid, it's decided".
The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-time World Player of the Year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.
"Ronaldo is contesting the allegations and his agency Gestifute released a statement earlier this week which said: "'There is no tax evasion scheme ... But nobody can deny the feeling of providence when entertaining the idea of Ronaldo, following eight years of asserting himself as perhaps the greatest of all time, coming back to the place where it all started to round off what has been an historical career.
Ronaldo wants out of Madrid believing they have failed to back him over a charge of defrauding the Spanish taxman to the tune of £13million.
Madrid have expressed "full confidence" in Ronaldo and believe he will be proven innocent of any wrongdoing, but nonetheless the Portugal global is claimed to have made an "irreversible decision" to leave Santiago Bernabeu.
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If he decides to fight the case should it go to court, he will have to take the stand like his arch-rival Lionel Messi did.
United would be one of the few clubs on the planet able to afford the striker's wages and transfer fee.
Outside Europe, the only plausible options are Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Chinese Super League, although both seem unlikely.
"I try to listen to him and he explains things to me in the best way".
Ronaldo, meanwhile, looks a little different than he did during another productive 2016-17 campaign after honouring a promise to shave his head if Madrid won the Champions League.
And finally, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at United and vowing to be fit by November, creating the intriguing possibility of the Sweden worldwide being offered a short-term contract by the club.