Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of 3.3 million euro tax fraud

The 54-year-old Portuguese, who coached Madrid from 2010 to 2013, has been accused of "two offences against the public treasury", the prosecutor's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Argentine midfielder is accused of failing to pay some 1.3 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

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

Real Madrid have refuted claims Jose Mourinho signed a contract to take over at the club before he left Inter.

Ronaldo, 32, said to have vowed that he would never play for Real Madrid again, was summoned to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.7 million euro ($16.5m).

Real Madrid was not immediately available for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.

The prosecutors' claim against Mourinho stated that he owed Spanish tax authorities €3,3 million (R48,1 million).

Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes.

The Portugal global will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.

The Portugal worldwide had knowingly used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights. Other Mendes charges being investigated for alleged tax evasion while playing in La Liga include Ricardo Carvalho, Ángel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

The prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spains Tax Office, which appear to show that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to “hide profits made from image rights.”.

Former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has been sentenced to a year in prison after admitting to tax fraud.

El Confidencial reports that Di Maria is said to have defrauded the Spanish government out of £1.14million during his four-year spell at the Bernabeu.

  • Julie Sanders