Mourinho accused of $5 million tax fraud

Jose Mourinho's advisers have hit back at accusations that the Manchester United manager failed to pay millions of euros in taxes to the Spanish authorities during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

Gestifute, a Portuguese-based football agency which represents Mourinho and Ronaldo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

A Madrid prosecutor said in a statement that it had presented a claim to a local court. The Portuguese-born star is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2.

It added that Mourinho paid "more than 26 million euros in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 percent, and accepted the regularization proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013".

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United past year. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

In Spain, sentences of under two years are normally suspended.

Barcelona and Brazilian star Neymar is facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 - a case which also involves his parents.

  • Julie Sanders