Ronaldo ready to pay $16.39 million in Spanish tax fraud case

Jose Mourinho - one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years - has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss.

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

Mourinho's agents at Portugal-based Gestifute said in a statement that the coach had not received any notification relating to the allegations from tax authorities or prosecutors.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed any talk of Ronaldo leaving the Spanish capital, stating he would only consider a deal if a club met his €1billion buyout clause.

He denies the accusations and is threatening to leave Spain.

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

Falcao himself is suspected of failing to correctly declare €5.6 million of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico.

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

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United past year.

The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its top stars.

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.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

This is similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi past year.

  • Zachary Reyes