Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 9:56
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.