Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid squad to face Man Utd

Real Madrid has included Cristiano Ronaldo in its 24-man pool to play Manchester United after the star forward's return to training.

Ronaldo is expected to stay with Madrid, who has offered the forward its support and believes he will be proven innocent, despite speculation over his desire to return to England.   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Real Madrid's squad for the UEFA Super Cup against the forward's former club Manchester United in Skopje.

The Champions League winner takes on the Europa League holder on Tuesday with the first continental silverware of the campaign up for grabs.

Madrid has included Ronaldo, who only returned to first-team training on Saturday after a dramatic off-season that saw reports emerge that he wanted to leave the club, in its 24-man squad for the game against former head coach Jose Mourinho.

New signings Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos are also included, along with Ronaldo's 'BBC' attacking team-mates Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

Real Madrid released its list of 24 players on Monday afternoon.   -  Real Madrid Twitter

 

Ronaldo's arrival ahead of the new season came later than his team-mates due to his participation in the Confederations Cup with Portugal.

Since winning the Champions League, the forward has become the subject of a tax complaint from Spanish prosecutors, a case which saw him appear in court for a pre-trial hearing last week.

Ronaldo has consistently denied the claims of financial misdemeanour and his apparent unhappiness at the investigation prompted reports he no longer wanted to play in Spain.

But the former Manchester United star is expected to stay with Madrid, who has offered the forward its support and believes he will be proven innocent, despite speculation over his desire to return to England., which he reportedly referenced during his day at court.

Prosecutors allege the 32-year-old has evaded €14.7million in taxes relating to his image rights between 2011 and 2014.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner is alleged to have created a "business structure" in 2010 to conceal his earnings, a claim which has also been strenuously denied by his management company Gestifute.

After taking on United, Madrid will play the two-legged Supercopa de Espana against fierce rival Barcelona prior to the new LaLiga season.