Still, fans - most notably Manchester United fans - have contemplated how realistic a move could be.
The statement said that the Spanish government, through tax authorities, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularized his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations..
In fact, so furious was Ronaldo said to be with the Spanish giants that he was reported to have told his Portuguese national teammates that there was "no going back".
The Spanish prosecutor's office in Madrid filed a lawsuit against the soccer star on June 13.
Mourinho's agents said he had already dealt with questions raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011 and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013.
Figo had a similar career trajectory to Ronaldo, beginning at Sporting Lisbon before eventually joining Madrid and the two briefly played alongside each other at worldwide level.
The four-time Ballon d'Or victor has protested his innocence and threatened to leave Real over the matter.
The case relates to the 29-year-old's image rights in 2012 and 2013, and he has agreed to repay £1.14million as well as a 60% fine.
The prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which appear to show that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights".
The prison term will be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi had a tax-related trial past year.