Ronaldo ready to pay 14.7 mln euros in Spanish tax fraud case

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid's head coach.

Spanish prosecutors have alleged that Ronaldo has avoided paying €14.8m (£12.9m) in taxes relating to image rights.

Spanish tax authorities believe Mourinho used an image rights company based in the British Virgin Islands that was part of a chain of companies including two in Ireland linked to Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.

Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain.

To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers, who were hired for the inspection process.

"But will he leave Real Madrid?".

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was re-elected on Monday, said that "the only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player".

Mourinho, now the Manchester United manager, led Inter to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2009-10 before assuming control at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"As a Real Madrid fan it's sad to see the possibility of one of the best we've ever had to leave", Garcia said.

Mourinho's United have been touted as the likely destination for Ronaldo, with Real officials admitting they are in the dark as to their star player's plans.

Ronaldo could be fined as much €40m if he contests the accusation in court and loses. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. A judge will decide whether there are grounds to take the matter to court. He remains one of the world's best forwards and scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League final win over Juventus.

Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

Also previous year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended.

  • Julie Sanders