Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

Jose Mourinho appears to be the latest target for Spanish prosecutors cracking down on fraud among people in football after filing a complaint against the current Manchester United boss for alleged tax evasion during his time in charge at Real Madrid.

He is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3million (£2.9m) in taxes. The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights.

Ronaldo is said to be unwilling to return to the Spanish capital next season and it has been suggested that a return to Manchester United would be his first preference should he leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup with Portugal's national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

The prosecutor said Ronaldo used shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.

Real Madrid was not immediately available for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.

Coentrao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 1.3 million euros of income. Mourinho was the manager Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving football stars in Spain.

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

Messi is unlikely to serve any time in prison as, under Spanish law, sentences of less than two years are usually suspended.

  • Julie Sanders