Ronaldo summoned for July 31 tax hearing

Moreover, Real Madrid fans have launched a petition asking for Ronaldo's tax case to be dropped.

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

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Among the clubs reported to be interested in Ronaldo is former team Manchester United for a fee which could hit 200 million euros, with a possible get-out clause of one billion euros.

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.

He is set to give evidence at a hearing on 31 July.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

The Merengues' no.1 spoke about De Gea's chances to move to the Bernabeu but did also share his thought about a possible departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

He also revealed yesterday that Real turned down the opportunity to sign goalkeeper David de Gea from Man United last summer, while playing down the possibility of bidding for the Spain global again.

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

Ronaldo has been accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million, a claim he has strenuously denied.

Ronaldo, 32, has been playing for Real Madrid since 2009 while Mourinho, 54, was a coach for Real Madrid from 2010-13.

Mendes' agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying Mourinho had not received any official notification about the accusations against him. Real Madrid, for what it's worth, appears to be doing what it can to retain Ronaldo, with manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly reaching out to calm the star's worries and pitch him on staying put.

Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.

  • Julie Sanders