Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal pair give backing to captain amid speculation

• Coach Fernando Santos praises Ronaldo’s ‘character and integrity’
• André Silva says his team-mate is focused on Confederations Cup

Portugal coach Fernando Santos and striker André Silva have defended team captain Cristiano Ronaldo, with Silva insisting his team-mate is is focused on the Confederations Cup, despite tax fraud accusations and fresh transfer speculation this week.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid forward, who is in Russia as Portugal prepare for their opening match against Mexico, is said to be “outraged” after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m).

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