Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in tax fraud case on July 31

Mourinho now coaches Manchester United.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned to appear before a Spanish judge, and Jose Mourinho could be next.

The reigning Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player award victor is believed to feel singled out for disproportionate treatment after Spanish prosecutors accused him of evading tax of 14.7million euros (£12.8m).

The statement, obtained via BBC, reads: "Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today".

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in a case in which he is accused of hiding income from the tax authorities, court officials said on Tuesday.

The episode may cost Real Madrid their star winger as Ronaldo feels hard done by the apparent excessive force with which the complaint has been dealt with.

According to media reports Ronaldo is unsettled at Real Madrid because he believes the European champions did not back him as fully as he had hoped in his dispute with the taxman.

Other clients of Mendes who have ended up in Spain include the Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao - on the verge of joining Sporting Lisbon on loan from Real Madrid - and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid. He is set to give evidence at a hearing on 31 July.

But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

Mourinho is under suspicion of having committed two offences in relation to personal income tax, but the 54-year-old has denied any wrongdoing.

The Madrid provincial public prosecutor's office said Mourinho created a "network of shell companies with the object of hiding profits from his image rights".

It will now be up to a judge to decide whether to take the matter to court. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offense and the sentence was under two years.

In 2016, soccer giant Messi, along with his father, was convicted of three counts of tax fraud equaling some $4.6 million earned from the use of Messi's personal brand.

  • Julie Sanders