Cristiano Ronaldo Summoned to Appear Before Spanish Judge Over Tax Issues

Solenn Plantier
Juin 25, 2017

According to the local prosecutor, Mourinho is under suspicion of having committed two offences in relation to personal income tax.

Prosecutors claim that the Portuguese manager - who took over at Manchester United previous year - failed to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012.

Earlier in June, the prosecutor's office in Madrid alleged that Cristiano Ronaldo had evaded tax of €14.7m (£13m, $16m) from 2011 to 2014.

Prosecutors accuse the Portugal global of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.

"He's under contract, so if they decide to let him go because he wants to leave or because of the situation that he's in in the courts or whatever it is, we'll see".

Portugal defender Pepe insists that the team are ignoring the ongoing speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid during their Confederations Cup campaign.

Ronaldo, through his personal branding agent Jorge Mendes - who also represents Mourinho in offering to public and private organizations the for-profit right to use his image in advertisements - has denied any wrongdoing.

Alongside compatriot Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo joins an elite group of soccer players, including Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, who have been convicted of tax evasion and fraud, as wealthy sports professionals come under increased financial scrutiny.

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