José Mourinho accused of €3.3m tax fraud in Spain

The Spanish authorities' crack down on multi-millionaires not paying their taxes is showing no signs of stopping, and the latest to fall victim to their investigative teams is none other than Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The Real Madrid star is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7m (£12.95m) between 2011 and 2014 and will now testify on July 31, it has been confirmed.

This assumes, however, that Ronaldo is still a Madrid player, with a source confirming that he wants to leave Madrid and Spain as a result of accusations from the Spanish tax authorities and the media. "I don't have any solution, but Cristiano, like everyone else, has a contract and is a Real Madrid player", Perez told radio station Onda Cero after earning a third consecutive mandate at Real. He's coaching Manchester United.

A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed to Press Association Sport that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

Ronaldo is with Portugal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published.

"From now on it will be the judge in charge of the case who will take the necessary steps to determine the possible responsibilities of Mr Mourinho".

Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, who is the world's highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine, of evading tax via two companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

But the centre-half was playing a predictably straight bat when quizzed on the issue ahead of Portugal's Confederations Cup clash with Russian Federation in Moscow.

A number of elite players have been accused of fraud in recent months, including Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Manchester United boss Mourinho managed Varane during his time at Real Madrid, helping transform the France worldwide into one of the world's best defenders. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. He also won the Champions League twice with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud past year and was handed a suspended 21-month sentence.

  • Julie Sanders