Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at critics with an astonishing Instagram post claiming, 'Insects only attack lights that shine', a day after appearing in court over tax fraud allegations.
The Real Madrid footballer went on the offensive alongside a photo of him standing like a God-like figure in the middle of a dazzling display of light.
Showing humility is not one of his character traits, he wrote: 'What bothers people is my glow. Insects only attack lights that shine.'
The Portugal forward was questioned at a court on the outskirts of Madrid yesterday as part of an investigation to determine whether he committed tax fraud worth almost 15 million euros.
Ronaldo spent more than 90 minutes answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez.
It has since been reported that the 32-year-old told the judge: 'If I wasn't called Cristiano Ronaldo I wouldn't be sat here.'
The Real Madrid footballer went on the offensive alongside a photo of him standing like a God-like figure in the middle of a dazzling display of light
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) is appearing before a Spanish judge yesterday as part of a probe to determine whether he committed tax fraud
A member of Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo communication team speaks to the media afterthe forward appeared before a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon
Police and media stand waiting for the arrival of Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo to appear at a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid
She is said to have hit back: 'You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are. You are under investigation for an alleged financial crime based on the evidence provided and upon which it is my duty to make a ruling.'
Judge Gomez took Ronaldo's testimony as part of an investigation to determine if there are grounds to charge him.
According to a statement released by his public relations firm, the 32-year-old Ronaldo told the judge: 'I have never hidden anything, and never tried to avoid taxes.'
The session at Pozuelo de Alarcon Court No. 1 on the outskirts of Madrid was closed to the public because it is part of an ongoing investigation.
In June, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros (£13.1million, $16.5million). The prosecutor accused the Portugal forward of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid.
Ronaldo denies any wrongdoing.
'Spain's Tax Office knows all the details about my sources of income because we have reported them,' Ronaldo told the judge, according to his statement. 'I always file my tax returns because I think that we should all file and pay our taxes.
'Those who know me know that I tell my consultants that they must have everything in order and paid up to date because I don't want trouble.'
A car believed to be carrying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo entered a back door garage before he was due to testify on charges of tax fraud
An investigating judge will take the 32-year-old's testimony as part of a probe to determine if there are grounds to charge him
Both before and after his court appearance, Ronaldo used an alternative entrance to avoid a large swarm of more than a hundred journalists from Spain and aboard gathered near the main door to the court.
His daring Instagram post is unlikely to win him many new friends, although Cristiano has never been big on humbleness and often appears to adopt the view he is one cut above everyone else off the football field as well as on it.
He has in the past said he was 'made to be the best' and even compared himself to God.
He said last year after being booed by Real Madrid fans: 'There are people out there who hate me and