Manchester United boss Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros.

Tax returns can, however, be returned up to six months after the end of the tax year, meaning any earnings in 2012 can be paid as late as 30th June, 2013, enabling Spanish tax authorities to look back that far in their records to identify potential tax fraud.

A prosecutor said he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

Ronaldo is now facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth Dollars 65.5 million.

The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports.

Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, whose clients also include Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao, who have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not spoken to Real Madrid officials about a transfer away from Spain and he is not expected to leave the European champions during the close season, club president Florentino Perez said Tuesday.

The accusation against Mourinho comes a week after the Madrid-based prosecutor's office accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of €14.7m (£12.9m).

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's woes deepened yesterday when the star striker who reportedly wants to quit Real Madrid was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

Ronaldo is now on worldwide duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup, but, according to the report, has told his teammates that Perez's words were "better late than never" and have conveniently led to him having a change of heart. The two overlapped at Real Madrid from 2010-2013, winning one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey.

Messi was given a 21-month jail term last month for failing to pay his taxes and owing over €10.1 million. He is now the coach of the British club Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo spent in "Manchester United" for six years (2003-2009).

  • Julie Sanders