Mourinho faces jail over tax fraud

Jose Mourinho has profusely denied tax avoidance claims after it emerged that Spanish prosecutors filed a complaint accusing him of committing two crimes of tax fraud.

"Mourinho paid more than €26 million in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41% and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement regarding 2013".

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine previous year for tax fraud.

"Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today".

The accusations against Ronaldo have caused speculation in Portugal and Spain that he is now considering leaving the country to play elsewhere.

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, who have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain, are also clients of Mendes.

Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in Madrid on allegations that he hid income from tax authorities between 2011 and 2014, the court said on Tuesday.

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty of tax evasion on the Argentina international's image rights, with more than 4m euros (£3.52m) owed in back payments.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling $16.5 million.

Media consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) has claimed that no less than 185 million euros worth of income has escaped the attentions of tax authorities using shell companies and offshore accounts.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup with Portugal's national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009.

In three years with Real Madrid, Mourinho won La Liga in 2012 and the Spanish Cup in 2011.

Mourinho was named manager at Manchester United last summer and won the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in his first season.

  • Julie Sanders


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