Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case

As for Mourinho, Manchester United 54-year-old Portuguese coach, he stands accused of two counts of tax fraud while he coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013.

Mourinho is the latest big name in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who was given a 21-month jail term.

A case has been opened by Spain's tax authorities and presented to a court in Madrid, which means the Portuguese tactician could also be called to court if a case is officially brought against him.

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". Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes says there is a €1bn buy-out clause in his contract.

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

Ronaldo exit rumours have become a yearly occurrence in the summer, and these accusations mean a move is perhaps more likely, but fans of Real Madrid can still rest easy.

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.

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

The four-time World Player of the Year said last week that his "conscience is clear" and is threatening to leave Real over the affair.

On Monday, Madrid president Florentino Perez rejected a suggestion that Ronaldo wanted the club to pay a fine that could be handed down by the courts.

And the fact that boss Jose Mourinho did not have Ronaldo on his original list of transfer targets has played a part in the club being unsure of launching a bid, it further reports. 'We have not had an offer for Cristiano.

  • Julie Sanders