Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho caught up in Spain tax scandal

The United boss, valued at £61m by the Sunday Times Rich List last month, faces allegations of not paying taxes on image rights during his time as Real Madrid coach, with a lawsuit filed against him by the Public Prosecutor's office in the capital.

Prosecutors allege the star player failed to pay €14.8 million in tax due between 2011 and 2014 and "intentionally" misled authorities by declaring €11.5 million in taxable earnings versus a real figure of $43 million.

Former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has been given a one-year prison sentence and fined 2million euros (£1.76million) after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud in Spain.

"The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations". Mourinho has denied tax fraud of €3.3 million relating to his time at Real Madrid.

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. Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by agent Mendes, who will act to act as a peacemaker.

The hearing will take place at 09:00 GMT on July 31 in a court at Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the suburbs of Madrid, according to Spanish press reports.

Outraged at being unfairly treated by Spanish tax authorities, Ronaldo had earlier expressed his intentions to leave Real Madrid and Spain.

The news also "comes immediately after it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will testify in his own tax fraud case next month", adds the paper.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world record fee of 96 million euros and is their all-time top scorer with 404 goals in 394 games.

In 2016, soccer giant Messi, along with his father, was convicted of three counts of tax fraud equaling some $4.6 million earned from the use of Messi's personal brand. Ricardo Carvalho, Ángel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao are other players from the Mendes stable of players under investigation.

  • Julie Sanders