Mourinho accused of 3.3mn euro tax fraud in Spain

Posted June 22, 2017

The Spanish prosecutor says the Real Madrid forward knowingly used a business structure to hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014.

While Real Madrid may be reluctant to hand Ronaldo a new contract after he signed a fresh deal only last November, this may be the first sign that his desire to quit Spanish football this summer is not set in stone.

Widespread reports have claimed that the four-time Ballon d'Or victor is keen to leave Spain due to accusations that he has avoided paying tax between 2011 and 2014. A judge will then decide if there are grounds to charge him with a crime.

The prolific striker's future at the club was thrown into doubt last week when Portuguese newspaper "A Bola" reported that Ronaldo wanted to leave Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud.

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They added it had presented a claim to a local court.

And finally, they accuse him of "voluntarily" refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.

And although the defender admits that he doesn't know if the Portugal captain will indeed return to Old Trafford, Ferdinand would welcome Ronaldo back to the Premier League with open arms.

Ronaldo is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

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Perez's reign at the club has been relatively successful as the club won their 3rd UEFA Champions League title in four years.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine a year ago for tax fraud.

Prosecutors allege the star player failed to pay €14.8 million in tax due between 2011 and 2014 and "intentionally" misled authorities by declaring €11.5 million in taxable earnings versus a real figure of $43 million.

Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.

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This is published unedited from the PTI feed.